How Do I Moisturize Dry Skin on the Body?
At Krauss Dermatology, we have found that you may be able to resolve your dry skin issues by trying some of the following strategies. If these do not fix your problem, a consultation with a dermatologist may help.
Your moisturizer should contain no fragrances or other irritants that can dry out your skin. We recommend Avene Xeracalm Balm or Eucerin Eczema Relief Balm as excellent first choices. We also recommend that you change your cleanser to a gentle, non-drying one like Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash or Cetaphil Restoraderm. Avene Xeracalm Cleansing Oil can help very dry or irritated skin, even in infants. Avene products can be purchased in the Krauss Dermatology offices.
You may want to start your dry skin treatment with natural methods. Sunflower oil and cold-pressed coconut oil have been shown to improve dry skin and eczema. Sunflower oil can be used as a massage oil, and coconut oil has antibacterial properties. These products are not recommended for the face, or in acne prone areas such as the chest in some patients, as they can cause clogged pores and blemishes.
Some people find that over the counter medications such as 1% hydrocortisone ointment or oral anti-allergy medications can help control the itch and irritation that can accompany dry skin. Use them according to package instructions.
Visit a Dermatologist
If you continue to have dry skin problems after trying these steps and eliminating other causes, you may benefit from a consultation with a dermatologist. A skin specialist can determine whether your dry skin has treatable underlying causes and develop a skin care regimen to help keep your skin hydrated, comfortable and soft.