Dry Skin and Moisturization

It's easy to keep your skin well-hydrated with these tips.

It's easy to keep your skin well-hydrated with these tips.

One of the most common reasons people come to see us at Acacia Dermatology is because of dry or sensitive skin. Dry skin can be unsightly and folks with dry skin can be prone to irritation and itchiness, especially when the weather is dry or (paradoxically) when it's hot and humid.

If you have dry skin, the first thing to do is make sure you moisturize every day, especially after showering or bathing.

If you find moisturizing lotions to be inadequate, that is because lotions are fairly "thin" and do not do a good job at sealing your skin to prevent moisture loss. In this case you can do better by switching your lotion product to a cream product, one that is thicker, and do a much better job at sealing in the moisture within your skin.

There are many effective moisturizing cream products in the market, such as those from Eucerin, Aveeno, Vanicream, CeraVe, and others. I highly recommend Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It's the product I use daily for me and my family. Go to www.cetaphil.com/offers for a $1 off in-store coupon if you are interested in trying out this great product.

Skin care blog by Robert L. Chen, MD, PhD, for Acacia Dermatology & Laser Center (Copyright © 2017).