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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Health Watch: Battling winter’s dry skin

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  • Most people experience dry skin in the winter because during this time, skin doesn’t produce enough moisture to compensate for the drier air and lack of moisture. If dry skin is neglected, it can become red, flaky and itchy.
    Dry skin patches can develop into a more serious inflammation called dermatitis, and once the protective skin is disrupted by dermatitis, the skin is more susceptible to bacterial, yeast or fungal infections and allergic reactions on the skin.
    Despite the harsh winter elements, you can carry out a skincare regimen that will help you avoid dry, cracked and uncomfortable skin:
    • Keep bathing or showering to 10 minutes, using warm — not hot — water. Hot water can dry out your skin by allowing moisture to escape, while breaking down the lipid barriers.
    • Use mild soaps or soap-free cleansers. Many soaps strip important lipids and oils from the outermost layer of skin and can often contain ingredients that are damaging to the skin.
    • Avoid excessive handwashing or excessive use of hand sanitizers. Alcohol-based sanitizer in particular can be very tough on skin due to the fact that it dissolves oil, which can leave the skin feeling dry, chapped and irritable.
    • Moisturize thoroughly after bathing or handwashing, while skin is wet, with an ointment, cream or lotion.
    Other causes of dry skin at this time of year include certain fabrics commonly found in warm winter clothing, such as wool, and central heating systems in homes, which can reduce the humidity in the air and dry out the skin. Humidifiers are useful devices because they increase moisture levels in the air, which helps the skin.
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