PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How does taking shorter showers help dry skin?

ANSWER

Bathing or showering too often strips the natural oils from your skin, causing it to become dry. Hot water also robs your skin of moisture. If you have dry skin, try these tips:

  • Use cool or lukewarm water only while showering or bathing.
  • Limit showers to 10 minutes maximum.
  • Don't bathe more than once a day.
  • Add baby oil or oatmeal soaks to your bath to help relieve itching. If you use oil, be extremely careful to avoid slipping when you get out of the tub. You'll still need to use moisturizer when you're finished bathing.
  • Gently pat yourself dry with a towel. Don't rub.

From: Itching From Dry Skin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Skin Problems: Dry, Itchy Skin." 

Eczema and Sensitive Skin Education: "Guide to Bathing & Moisturizing for Eczema and Sensitive Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Topical Treatments for Psoriasis."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Dryness."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Skin Problems: Dry, Itchy Skin." 

Eczema and Sensitive Skin Education: "Guide to Bathing & Moisturizing for Eczema and Sensitive Skin."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Topical Treatments for Psoriasis."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Dryness."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How does using unscented soap help dry skin?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.