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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
August 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin   Chapped Hands  

Chapped hands can be painfulChapped skin can happen at any time of the year, from the warmest climate to the coldest. Whether it’s harsh chemical soaps, cold temperatures, or over­exposure to the sun, chapped hands are painful and inconvenient in any season.

What is to blame for this nasty problem? Unfortunately it has to do with a loss of moisture. Just washing your hands multiple times throughout the day can cause hands to peel and bleed. However, once you recognize your issue, then you can do something about it. Find out the best ways to care for your chapped hands to prevent this issue in the future.

Moisturize

If you want your skin to return to its once supple state, then you’re going to want to put back the moisture that you’ve robbed your skin of. Sadly, just drinking water just won’t cut it, although it is helpful. You must apply a moisturizer directly to your skin to combat this problem. 

The best way to prevent chapped hands is to start a moisturizing regime even before your hands start to feel dry. This way it’s already a normal habit in your daily routine, and you can keep your hands from drying out.

Some people are dealing with such deep cracks and bleeding that a light moisturizer isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, using a thicker product can be very effective, such as petroleum jelly or a rich moisturizer that contains cocoa butter or beeswax as an ingredient. For an even deeper moisturizing experience, trying putting this product on at night, and then wearing cotton gloves to bed.

Washing hands

It’s vital to wash our hands, and no one is recommending giving up this healthy habit. It can, however, wreak havoc on your hands! It’s important to follow these steps when washing: 

  • Use a mild soap
  • Avoid using hot water
  • Pat rather than rub your skin dry
  • Apply a moisturizer right away

While handwashing can be drying, hand sanitizer gels are even harsher on your skin. Try to avoid their use unless absolutely necessary, opting instead for a gentle wash.

If you are dealing with severely chapped hands and you can’t seem to find relief from your symptoms, then it might be time to see your dermatologist for treatment. Call us today!

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   Dry Skin   Skin Care   Itch  

Eczema is made up of itchy patches of dry skinPracticing a simple skin regimen every day can help keep your skin healthy and more youthful in appearance. If you suffer from eczema or dry skin, with the development of a proper skin care routine from your dermatologist you can easily be on your way to healthier skin. Dry skin is not a serious condition, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones, and creating fine lines and wrinkles. A more serious type of dry skin is eczema, which is a general term for rash-like skin conditions.  

Follow Proper Skin Care Routines from Your Dermatologist

Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be managed. In order to effectively manage your eczema, it is important to avoid the things that trigger your breakouts. Limit your contact with external factors that can irritate your skin and wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands.  

It is critical that basic skin care measures be maintained in order to keep dry skin and eczema under control. Your dermatologist can help you determine a proper skin care routine that will help your condition and continue to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Some basic steps may include:

  • Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle non-soap cleanser.
  • Use a moisturizer twice a day.
  • Use a sunscreen every day.
  • Choose makeup that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  • Protect your lips with lip block or lipsticks with sunscreen.
  • Avoid long hot showers or baths.

If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, visit your dermatologist today for further diagnosis and treatment. Your dermatologist will be able to set up an effective and appropriate regimen to manage or eliminate your ailments. 

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
September 01, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

Children Dry Skin

Dry, flaky or itchy skin can be extremely uncomfortable for your child. Dry skin is a common problem among children, especially during the winter when our bodies are exposed to dry air in the cold outdoors or heated indoor environments. It can occur when the skin lacks moisture and can be treated by returning moisture to the skin or preventing moisture from escaping the skin in the first place. Your dermatologist is available to help you relieve your child’s dry, itchy skin this season.

Maintain Moisture

To prevent dry skin it is important to make sure your child eats a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of unsweetened beverages such as milk and water. Also, try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, cold air or harsh winds, which can scratch or irritate your child’s delicate skin. Consider using moisturizing soaps or cleansers, and apply lotions, creams or ointments to keep the skin soft and hydrated.

If your child is prone to dry skin, try the following:

  • Limit baths or showers to 2 or 3 times a week
  • Apply a thick moisturizer early and often
  • Humidify your home
  • Visit your dermatologist

We are available to help provide you with proper treatment options for your child’s dry skin. If your child’s skin stays dry, especially if it is red or irritated, you should visit your pediatrician immediately, as this could be a symptom of a health condition.

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
March 15, 2013
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin  

Cold winds, low temperatures and dry indoor conditions can strip the skin of its natural oils that serve as a natural moisturizer.  Although the cold winter months often cause dry skin, with proper skin care habits you can have a healthy complexion that lasts all season long.

You can’t control the harsh winter climate, but you can protect your skin by learning how to manage the factors that trigger dry, flaky skin.  For starters, apply a heavy moisturizer or cream daily to help retain moisture and keep skin from drying out.  Since strong, brisk winds can cause chapped skin, it is also important to cover exposed areas by wearing a hat, scarf or mittens when going out into the cold air.

Furnaces, radiators and fireplaces that you use to heat your home during cold winter months may feel wonderful in the middle of winter, but they can be extremely drying. To add moisture back into your home, try using a humidifier.  Frequent showering and hand washing can also dry out your skin. Keep skin moist with lotion or cream immediately after you shower and wash your hands to seal in moisture.

No matter what season you’re in, if your dry skin becomes inflamed or develops a painful itch, visit Advanced Desert Dermatology for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.  A Peoria dermatologist can help you modify your current skin regimen accordingly to help skin stay healthy with the changing seasons.