Skin is the largest organ in the body. It not only protects your body from the entry of toxins, pollutants, and ultraviolet rays, it also is the primary defense mechanism for infections and disease. Skin that is well hydrated is able to protect the body better.
Xerosis is the medical term used to describe dry skin but in its more severe form.
- Severe dry skin.
- Red and inflamed skin.
- Scaly appearance.
- Washing hands/bathing too frequently.
- Using harsh soaps.
- Showering with excessively hot water that strips the skin of its natural oils.
- Poor water intake.
- Low humidity conditions.
- Dry winters.
- Prolonged exposure to the sun.
- Central heating/air conditioning.
- Aging: As we age, our skin becomes thin and brittle.
- Diabetes: People with diabetes are more prone to dry skin.
- Certain medications: Some common medicines like diuretics and cholesterol medications cause dryness and flakiness.
- Stay hydrated.
- Moisturize the skin with creams containing urea, glycerin, and AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids) immediately after a shower.
- Have a healthy diet rich in zinc, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Avoid rubbing the skin vigorously with rough towels after a bath. Instead, gently pat dry.
- Natural products such as olive oil, almond oil, and flaxseed oil help soothe the skin.
- Avoid soaps, perfumes, detergents and other products containing drying agents such as alcohol.
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Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018
How can I cure dry skin around my lips that is peeling off?
My skin around the lip is always dry and peeling off. I tried applying all natural moisturizers like ghee, olive oil, etc. My doctor has asked me to take Neurobion for vitamin deficiency. Still, no improvement related to dryness. Kindly suggest a remedy for this. Read Full »
Dr. Kakkar S
Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist
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I suggest you apply Flutivate (Fluticasone propionate) cream, twice daily for a week. Thereafter, I suggest you apply NMF-e lip balm, 2 to 3 times in a day.
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