3 ways to decrease dry skin:
1. Add moisture to your skin:
Using a moisturizer regularly is one of the most important steps in restoring your skin’s moisture balance. It’s important to moisturize daily, and for those with dry skin or eczema, twice daily. Any moisturizer is better than doing nothing. But when given a choice, choose a product that’s hypoallergenic and fragrance free. It’s also important to choose a product that has barrier repair properties – helps the skin restore the normal barrier between itself and the outside world. While in the past it’s been said that ointments are better than creams or lotions, some of the new products can add the same amount of moisture without leaving a greasy residue.
2. Add moisture to your air:
This is especially important for those who live in dry climates or suffer through cold, dry winter months. Not only can dry and cold weather strip your skin of natural oils, using dry heat in your house makes it even worse. A simple solution is to add a humidifier to the heat or air conditioning unit. If that’s not a possibility, as in most apartments in New York City, adding a portable humidifier can help.
3. Showers matter:
One common reason or dry skin is long, hot showers. By turning the water temperature down and decreasing duration of your shower, you can protect your skin from becoming too dry. The soap you use in the shower is also important. “Real soap” can strip away skin’s natural oils and moisture. So unless you have real dirt on your skin, choose a gentle wash or cleanser. Soaps and washes that are fragranced can also irritate and dry the skin. An ideal body wash is fragrance free and is moisturizing.
More questions about your dry skin? See Dr. Goldenberg for a skincare consultation.
Myths About Dry Skin
Even though dry skin is much more widespread during the winter months, it can still show up during other seasons and even throughout the year for some people. Although it is a common skin condition, there are still many misconceptions surrounding dry skin as well as the causes behind it. Below, we will examine some common myths and explain why they are not true.
It is commonly believed that dry skin is a result of not drinking enough water or, on the other hand, keeping your body hydrated will maintain the moisture in your skin and prevent dry skin. But, the truth is that drinking water does not have any bearing on how much moisture is present in your skin. If your skin is dry, it’s important to add moisture from the outside in, such as by suing a moisturizing wash and using creams, lotions or ointments.
It is not just the cold air outdoors that causes the skin to dry up; rather it’s also the warm dry air indoors with low humidity which makes skin dry and flaky. However, it’s important to have a more moist environment during the winter months; using a humidifier in your room can increase the humidity and keep your skin healthy.
Contrary to popular belief, hot showers do not moisturize your skin. Instead, the heat from hot water causes the natural oils in the skin to dry out which leads to dry skin. Despite how soothing it may feel, it will do your skin wonders by turning down the heat in the shower to luke warm.
Moisturizers are only effective if they have the right ingredients. Look for products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Do not use scented moisturizers, since these chemicals may irritte the skin even more.
That is not necessarily the case because any harsh soap will actually strip the moisture from the skin. As a result, this can cause dry skin. So, it would be a good idea to choose a soap that is made specifically for dry skin and is gragrance and scent free.
Once again, dry skin is not something limited to certain people or specific times of the year. If you are someone who has dry skin or any other skin condition, consider booking a consultation with Dr. Goldenberg online or by calling us at 212-241-9728.
Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis, is a rash that can appear anywhere on the body. It is itchy, red, dry, and, depending on where it appears, often very embarrassing. It is very common among children, and though it frequently abates with age, it is also common among adults, regardless of whether or not they suffered as children. It is the result of overactive inflammatory cells in the skin, though the exact causes of this overreactivity are unknown. The triggers of eczema are well known however, and include irritants to the skin such as dry air or chemicals, allergic reactions, stress, infections and dry skin.Trying to relieve the itch caused by eczema by scratching or wearing scratchy materials only further irritates the skin, making eczema a difficult problemget rid of.
There is no absolute cure for eczema, but through the regular implementation of several simple steps, most patients find that they can manage the condition. Topical medication is often used to treat eczema, both prescription and over-the-counter, to varying degrees of success. Patients find great relief from such treatments such as Narrow Band Light Therapy to treat their eczema. There are also simple steps you can take at home to keep eczema under control and return the skin to healthy condition:
1. Moisturize regularly: It is important to moisturize the skin regularly to avoid excessive dryness, which aggravates eczema. Moisturizing should be done soon after bathing to lock in as much moisture as possible.
2. Bathe in warm – not hot – water: Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold irritate the skin, prompting the inflammatory response. Bathing in soothing, warm temperatures will calm the skin. It will also help to avoid activities that cause intense sweating.
3. Use topical prescription medications: Even with other treatment methods, most people suffering from eczema will also use a prescription topical treatment. The most common of treatment is a topical corticosteroid such, as hydrocortisone. Topical corticosteroids should only be applied to the afflicted area. The lowest effective concentration that provides benefits should be used, and once inflammation has been reduced, use of corticosteroids should cease. Topical calcineurin inhibitors are another kind of topical medication that are gentler than corticosteroids and do not cause the same side-effects. Barrier repair creams can also be prescribed and help decrease the number of flares in patients with eczema.
4. Manage stress: It is well known that psychological well-being and skin health are closely related. Frequent eczema flare-ups can be indicative of heightened stress, or a lack of sleep. As such, engaging in activities that lower stress and getting enough rest can greatly enhance outcomes for people with eczema.
5. Manage your diet: Although the evidence in largely inconclusive, some patients feel that certain foods make their eczema worse. These include tomatoes, strawberries, and citrus among others. So pay attention to your diet and watch if eating certain foods exacerbates your eczema.
Most patients will probably have to combine two or more of these therapies to get their eczema under control. If you would like to learn more about treating eczema please contact the office of Dr. Goldenberg for a professional consultation.
Eczema is adults usually manifests as hand and foot dermatitis. Dr. Goldenberg recently completed a study on the subject. The study showed that about half of adults with hand and foot eczema were colonized with a bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus (staph). Treating the staph bacteria along with eczema improved the patients’ outcome more than just treating eczema alone.
Eczema is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system response to internal and external factors and irritants, such as soaps, clothing, extreme temperatures and cold or hot weather. Eczema is usually marked by dry and red patches of skin that itch and tend to worsen when scratched. Patches of eczema occur most often on the body, arms, and legs, especially in creases in the skin like elbows and behind the knees, but it can appear anywhere on the body. In adults, the hands are most commonly involved. If the skin is repeatedly scratched, the skin may become thick and coarse or become infected.
Eczema is a genetic condition and is most common in patients who also suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma. Kids’ with parents who suffer from season allergies are most likely to inherit eczema. It also has an association with other autoimmune diseases.
Central to pathogenesis of eczema is barrier dysfunction. Skin of eczema patients isn’t normal and it allows allergens to enter and water to leave (trans-epidermal water loss).
There are many treatment options for treating eczema. To reduce the itching, Dr. Goldenberg may prescribe steroidal creams or antibiotics if an infection is present. Barrier repair creams may help maintain the skin between flares. Phototherapy or other treatments may also be recommended.