Dry Skin Emergencies
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NarratorFrom a trip to the ski slopes… to a move from a humid to dry climate…to the yearly change of seasons – all can lead to a dry skin emergency
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NarratorIt happened to Joanne Wheatley:
Joanne WheatleyI am noticing that my skin is getting tighter and redder and also the dryness is causing like itching to the point of burning
NarratorWhen temperatures dropped with the change in seasons and heaters were turned on…her dry skin emergency set in.
Joanne WheatleyI mean, I wake up in the morning and then I look down and I look like the Mojave Desert, it is so dry. And I always think that, well I'll just jump in the shower and use the moisturizing soap.
NarratorThen she lathers on moisturizing lotion…and heads to the office – a notoriously dry environment.
Joanne WheatleyDuring the day repeatedly I have to apply lotion to my hands, and sometimes my neck, sometimes my face
NarratorIt's still not enough…
Joanne WheatleyOh my Lord! I hydrate regularly thinking that might be the answer.
Dr. Jennifer BurgerAnyone can have dry skin emergencies at any age, but we often will see it in older people because as you get older the natural components of your skin are not always as good at maintaining the natural barrier
NarratorWhen skin becomes dry and damaged it can actually be dangerous – why?
Dr. Jennifer BurgerIt's the first part of the immune system where your skin says, should this come in or should it not? And so one of its main goals is to keep out bacteria and viruses and fungi
Joanne WheatleyThe first thing I would recommend is since you are having so much trouble at work with the heat and all, is to get a humidifier and put it in your office. That extra moisture in the air will allow the moisturizers and the creams that we're going to recommend to you to work a little bit better.
NarratorMore suggestions: trade in perfumed cleansers and lotions – since they can be irritants -- for fragrance free products and keep showers lukewarm and under 5 minutes.
Joanne WheatleyThen immediately when you get out of the shower, don't towel off really hard, pat your skin dry, that will leave more of the water on your skin
NarratorThen seal in the moisture by putting on a lotion or cream right away.
Dr. Jennifer BurgerI also have some prescription things I want you to try
NarratorIn the short-term, Dr. Burger suggests a prescription moisturizer for Joanne with either urea or lactic acid.
Dr. Jennifer BurgerBoth of those are natural components of your skin, and they help to not only hold moisture, but draw moisture into the skin. And so those can be very helpful for rehydrating the skin
NarratorOnce her dry skin is under control, Joanne can switch back to an over-the-counter moisturizer. For WebMD, I'm Rhonda Rowland.
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