From pain to dryness to social implications, severe skin issues caused by conditions such as neuropathy and psoriasis can affect one's quality of life. Keep dry, troubled skin looking its best with these tips from dermatological experts.
1. Keep skin clean and dry.
Avoid clogged pores and bacteria buildup by cleansing skin often with a mild soap and dry skin immediately after moisturizing. Never exfoliate broken or irritated skin.
2. Avoid very hot baths and showers.
Hot water can strip away the natural oils produced by your skin, making dryness and irritation worse. Keep water lukewarm or on the cool side if you can, and shorten your time in shower or bath.
3. Moisturize daily.
And do so while your skin is still damp, sealing in moisture and allowing it to absorb better. Look for a product with natural ingredients, free from fragrance and other irritants.
4. Treat cuts right away, and see a doctor if severe.
Clean the affected area with an antibacterial soap and consider covering with a protective ointment. Cuts that don’t heal could be a sign of something more serious, so don’t hesitate to ask your primary care provider if a well-cared for cut doesn’t improve within 3-5 days.
5. Consider using a humidifier during cold, dry months.
Your skin is porous and can absorb moisture from the air, so investing in a good humidifier is a smart way to keep your skin healthy. Just be sure to clean your humidifier regularly according to the manufacturer's directions.
6. Use mild soaps and shampoos.
Choose a mild or moisturizing cream-based cleanser if possible. Cleansers and shampoos heavy in surfactants and sulfates can strip away oils and can leave skin dry. Avoid parabens, added fragrance, artificial colors and other potential irritants as they can inflame already sensitive skin.
7. Take extra good care of your feet.This one is extra important for those affected by severe skin conditions such as neuropathy caused by diabetes. Be sure to inspect feet regularly and treat broken skin right away. Moisturize and massage feet daily, taking extra care between the toes. Invest in a pair of smart, comfortable shoes and let your feet breathe whenever possible. Never hesitate to contact your primary care physician if you notice something out of the ordinary.