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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Article Home Skin Disorders Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Dry skin is most common in your lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen), and thighs.


  • Dry skin is common, it happens more often in the winter
  • The skin loses moisture and may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed.
  • Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh soaps, may contribute to dry skin
  • Eczema may cause dry skin

Home Care

  • Keep baths or showers shortUse warm (not hot) water
  • Use as little soap as possible. Limit its use to face, armpits, and genitals if you can. Dry your skin thoroughly but gently -- pat, DON'T rub
  • Take baths or showers less often

Increase skin and body moisture

  • Use bath oils and moisturizers at least daily. Thick, greasy moisturizers work best. Avoid products with alcohol. Apply just after a bath or shower, when your skin is still damp
  • Use a humidifier if the air is dry
  •  Drink plenty of water throughout the day


  •   Apply cool compresses to itchy areas
  •   Try over the-counter cortisone creams lotions if your skin is inflamed