Dry skin is someone most of us have experienced at least once in our lifetime.
And chances are, there will be future times when you will have dry skin again.
Dry skin may not be on the top of your priority list of health problems to tackle.
Self-education will help with improving your health literacy will help your future-self along with the people around you to combat dry skin.
Let’s dive right in.
Why do I have dry skin?
Dry skin can be caused by environmental factors, aging or other underlying skin issues.
Here are some reasons from Mayo Clinic on why you may be suffering from dry skin:
Weather – Go check the weather, is it temperature and humidity low? Low temperatures and humidity may be the source of your dry skin problems.
Heat – When you are in a heated area, what you will find is a reduction in humidity which can result in dry skin.
Water – What we mean by this is staying in a swimming pool, shower or bathtub for an extended period of time. Your skin can lose it natural oils which can cause skin problems such as sczema to further worsen.
Acidic Soaps and Detergents – Many soaps, detergents and shampoos act to remove the oils from the skin or surface it comes in contact with. Washing your hands too frequently can lead to dry hands and evening peeling.
Skin Conditions – You may have dry skin due to skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis.
How to take care of your dry skin?
We live a fast-paced and busy lifestyle where taking care of your skin seem to be a luxury to do.
However, it shouldn’t be that way.
By following a simple skin care routine and living a healthy lifestyle, you can avoid various long-term skin problems and from occurring and blemishes from appearing.
One of the most overlooked essential way to take care of one’s skin is to regularly apple sunscreen.
UV rays from the sun can cause premature aging, aging spots, wrinkles and many more.
Moreover, it is also important not just to cleanse but also to moisturize your skin every single day.
Facial wash and soaps usually strip the moisture off of your skin.
This is why it is very crucial to bring those moisture back to your skin to keep it healthy.
How can you naturally treat dry skin?
Although there are a wide variety of remedies and treatments for dry skin, most people, especially those with sensitive and dry skin are skeptical to try products that are unnatural.
So here are the list of natural remedies for your dry skin:
- Aloe Vera
- Coconut Oil
- Oatmeal Bath
- Petroleum Jelly
- Sunflower Seed Oil
However, for those people with extremely dry skin, it is important to have a dermatologist to check the condition of your skin.
A dematologist can prescribe the right treatment or ointment for you.
How to remove scars from your skin?
Scars can be really frustrating, especially if they’re located in the visible areas of our body.
While some scars take a time to heal, most scars stay permanently in our bodies.
But the good news is, there are a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) ointments and medicine that can aid in reducing the appearance of these scars.
Here are some other ways that you can do to avoid scar tissues from occurring:
Regularly clean the wounded area
If you have a cut, scrape, burn, blemishes or any skin adhesive scars, it’s important to clean the wounded area immediately.
Doing so will help prevent infection of the skin and wounded area.
This will lead to damaged skin cells in the wounded area, which may not be able to recover fully, and ultimately leads to the formation of scars.
Cover the wounded area using a bandage
Cleaning the wounded area is a good start to skin recovery!
The next step is to cover the wounded area with either a bandage in order to prevent infections from coming into contact with the damaged skin area.
Don’t try to act cool by showing-off your damaged wounds.
Regularly change the bandage of your wound
Wounded areas attract lots of attention from the cells in your body.
White blood cells are your best friends, as they defend your body against foreign substances, diseases and infections.
All you need to do is give your white blood cells time, along with a clean environment for them to heal your wounds.
Moisturize your scar using petroleum jelly
Imagine a protective layer covering your wounded area, which keeps germs away from your wounded skin and thus, decreasing the risk of infection.
This is exactly what Petroleum Jelly can do for you if applied on your wound.
Make sure this household staple is in your home to combat scars and blemishes.
Protect your wounded area with sunscreen once it has completely healed
The science is still preliminary at this, but studies have found promising findings.
Reduction of scar hypertrophy has been seen with the exposure of ultraviolet B radiation (1 of the 3 invisible light rays given off by the sun).
Sunscreen should still always be applied to protect your skin from the sun rays.
Read more on a study conducted on an animal model.
What foods can you eat to improve your skin?
The skin is the largest organ in our body, and our daily nutritional intake has a direct correlation to the overall health condition of our skin.
Moreover, according to scientists the food and beverage that a person consume has a significant effect on a person’s health and skin condition, as well as signs of aging.
Listed below are the food that you can eat to improve the overall condition of your skin:
- Fatty Fish (Tilapia is not high in fat)
- Bell Pepper
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sunflower Seeds
- Green and Leafy Vegetables
Learn more on how nutrition is vital to have glowing clean skin without the pimples or blemishes.
What are common causes for skin rashes?
These bumpy, red and itchy skin or what we usually call rashes can be really painful and irritating.
Rashes are often caused by various things such as allergic reactions, exposure to harmful plants, and many more.
Rashes can also be associated with the following:
- Heat Rash
- Diaper Rash
- Drug Eruptions
- Stasis Dermatitis
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Contact Dermatitis
- Nummular Eczema