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Behold ladies! Before you make these skincare blunders, get the secret on how to banish that dry, flaky skin before it adds ages to your skin. Almost all dermatologists and professional beauticians agreed to the following and emphasize on the importance of spotting the cause of dry skin, in order to find the appropriate treatment.
Cause 1: Dehydration
Dehydration is by far the number one cause of dryness and it is surprising how easily we take this cause for granted. Don’t you agree?
You know what they say, “Drinking water is like taking a shower on the inside.” Dermatologists suggest that one should drink half a gallon of water that is equal to 8 cups per day. However, if you find that boring then you can alternate water with healthy fluids like citrus fruits, watermelon, soups, and similar foods according to your choice.
Cause 2: Weather changes
As much as we may find the fall season romantic, don’t be shocked if it all goes down the drain with the sudden discovery of a dry rash out of nowhere. Winter rash is quite common and its symptoms include redness, itching, rough or scaly patches, bumps or blisters, flaking, and inflammation.
Treatment requires aggressive moisturization in the form of natural oils such as coconut, olive, and avocado oil. You can also prepare a mixture of 3 parts rosewater and one part glycerin. This will protect the skin from atmospheric changes and prevent moisture loss.
Cause 3: Product Changes or using incorrect products
We wish we could try it all because it seems like a fun thing to do, right? But specialists argue that the skin does not deserve to be treated like a lab rat. As the skin needs time to get used to a new addition or maybe your skin is simply allergic to the product. As a result, the skin may burn or feel dry.
The golden rule applies that one must always do a patch test when trying out a new product as it can cause an allergic reaction that dries out the skin. In addition, consulting a professional or doing some research before a purchase can save your skin from all the trauma. Use products according to your skin type.
- Oily/Acne-Prone: gel or water-based moisturizers
- Combination: Gel/water or cream-based moisturizers
- Normal: Cream or Oil-based moisturizers
- Dry: Oil-based moisturizers
Cause 4: Over washing, using hot water, or sitting in front of the heater all the time
Warm showers are a guilty pleasure that we all are fond of. But as comforting as they may seem, they definitely strip the skin of its natural oils. To add to the trauma, women tend to be fond of over washing their faces. However, if you are lucky enough not to fall in the first 2 categories then room heaters are to blame for sure. There’s no escape, right?
Specialists recommend lukewarm water for showers as it helps the skin and hair, without drying out the skin. Avoid drying soaps and body wash, in fact, stick to cream-based soaps like Dove. It is also essential to use a body butter or moisture after taking a shower. Furthermore, humidifiers can rescue the skin and also purify the air, preventing sinus issues.
Cause 5: Skin Conditions
If all else fails to provide relief then it is worth looking into skin conditions that can cause dryness, such as atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
If you suspect having either of their skin conditions or your dryness does not seem to improve then it is best to consult a dermatologist before the skin disease can spread further. Moreover, some of these diseases can be passed on to others so it is important to be careful.
Cause 6: Use of certain medications
Did you know that there are certain classes of medications that can try out the skin? Surprising, isn’t it?
Specialists suggest that one must discuss the side effects of medications with their specialist, prior to usage. Such medications include diuretics, statins, antihistamines, acne medications like Accutane and Retin-A. Although you may not be able to eliminate the side effects fully, they can definitely be minimized with increased hydration and lifestyle changes.
Cause 7: Hormonal Factors
Skin specialists warn that dry skin can signal fluctuating hormonal levels in women. Women in the menopause stage develop dry skin due to diminishing estrogen levels. Moreover, thyroid issues can not only make the skin dry but also yellow in color.
Watch your symptoms closely and schedule an appointment with a specialist. Don’t forget to share your medical history as it can aid in an earlier diagnosis. Hormone regulating medicines help in easing the dryness naturally. Alternatively, a good moisturizing routine can help minimize the dryness.
Nonetheless, dry skin can be a menace. Does your dry skin fall in any of the above categories? Let us know!
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