Dry body skin can result in roughness, flaking, redness, cracks, itching or a feeling of tightness. To reduce and even eliminate these symptoms, dermatologists recommend limiting how often you bathe, lowering the water temperature, and using as little soap as necessary (and on just the areas that really need it). After showering, pat skin dry with a towel and immediately slather on moisturizer to seal in hydration.
Switching to a moisturizer with a heaving consistency and using it more frequently can also help; and so can using one with alpha-hydroxy acids, as they help moisturize and act as mild exfoliants.
If dry skin doesn’t respond to intensive moisturizing, visiting a board-certified dermatologist may be in order. He or she will be able to determine how to best treat the condition, whether with a prescription moisturizer or an alternative treatment.
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