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My skin is dry and flaky around my mouth. How to fix it?

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Answered by

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At May 19, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 30, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My skin is too oily on my face, but skin around my mouth and nostrils is very dry and flaky. It has also been making a ring form around my mouth. It is of different color from the rest of my skin tone. How can I fix this? Please guide this.

Answered by Dr. Suvash Sahu


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Avoid excessive cleansing of your skin. Use soap or face wash not more than two to three times a day. Plain water can be used to cleanse whenever required. Pat dry your skin after washing it.Keeping your skin moisturized is the key to healthy looking skin. Pick a good quality moisturizer (Rejuva oil and Vitamin E) with SPF sun protection factor) for mornings. Keep your lips happy and healthy with liberal application of lip balm. Though it is very tempting to have a hot water shower, it should be best avoided. Hot water tends to dry your skin. Use a body moisturizer within three minutes after your shower or bath to avoid dry skin. Skin is the mirror of internal organs. Staying healthy is necessary to look healthy. Stay well hydrated and get adequate sleep. Include Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet (especially beneficial in psoriasis), fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Exercise increases blood circulation to your skin and keeps it healthy. Avoid smoking and alcohol as Nicotine causes premature aging and makes your skin appear dry and dull.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Suvash Sahu
Dr. Suvash Sahu


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