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Health Tip: Avoiding Dry Skin

Health Tip: Avoiding Dry Skin

02/04/13

(HealthDay News) -- Dry skin may be itchy and even painful, but with proper care, it can be managed and even prevented.

The American Skin Association suggests how to manage dry skin:

  • Take a short shower in warm, not hot, water. Avoid long, hot baths that can dry the skin.
  • Several times a day, lather your skin with a rich moisturizing cream. Make sure the cream doesn't contain alcohol.
  • Wash skin with a gentle cleanser. Avoid harsh soaps and antibacterial soaps.
  • Run a humidifier.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol.
  • Protect the skin from winter weather with gloves, a scarf and a hat.
  • Don't scratch or rub the skin.
  • Avoid irritating or itchy clothing.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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