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Dry Skin

Dry skin is a very common condition in here in Nevada and Reno as well as the higher elevations around Lake Tahoe, especially in the winter when there is very little humidity in the air.  When the air is dry, the moisture from your skin evaporates easily, which can leave you with dry, and sometimes itchy, skin.

Dry Skin (Xerosis)


The Risks of Dry Skin

Dry skin, if not taken care of, can trigger and worsen atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis, two conditions that can also lead to itching.

Home Treatment for Dry Skin in Men and Women

Generally, to avoid dry skin, it is best to have a humidifier in your home, and not only on the furnace, but additionally in the room where you sleep. Another tip is to try to avoid very hot, long showers as well as antibacterial soaps that strip the oils out of your skin. Instead, take somewhat shorter, lukewarm showers. Then, within 3 or 5 minutes of getting out of the shower, pat dry and apply a moisturizer. This will trap the moisture from the shower in your skin, helping it to stay moist.

Moisturizers – Over the counter creams and lotions

Skin moisturizers come in lotion form, which rub in easily and evaporate quickly, as well as creams, which are greasier and tend to last longer. Creams are preferred over lotions for very dry skin because they keep your skin moist over a longer period of time. Aveeno Advanced Care cream or Aveeno Skin Relief Mosturizing lotion does an excellent job of hydrating the skin. Eucerin cream, Lubriderm, and Aquaphor healing ointment are also excellent moisturizers that will help to prevent dry skin.

Moisturizers – Prescription strength lotions

Amlactin and LacHydrin are both prescription strength lotions that contain lactic acid, which can help remove flaky skin and also hydrate the skin.

Treating Dry Skin on the face

For dry skin on the face, be sure you are using a facial lotion that is “non-comedogenic” (non-acne forming). The creams and lotions, as well as Vaseline, that are wonderful for the body, are not the best for the face as they can block pores and cause acne when used on the face.

Do you treat Dry Skin (Xerosis) in your Reno/Tahoe office?

Though dry skin is generally treated with over the counter creams, we can evaluate severe cases and prescribe stronger lotions or other dry skin treatments as needed. Appointment length varies depending on severity of condition, but is usually not more than 15-30 minutes.

For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.