Skin care in the winter
Many patients who suffer with dermatitis must be a little more diligent with regard to basic skin care this time of the year. Using the summertime routine for skin care may not work so well when the humidity and temperatures drop. Without a change in your skin care, you can expect to deal with fine lines and wrinkles being more noticeable. Additionally, your dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. We want to offer some tips to help manage your dry skin condition.
Washing your face
Something as simple as how you wash your face can make a big difference in your appearance. Consider the following tips from your Ballantyne dermatologist to help you keep your face looking healthy:
- Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser
- Wash your face with lukewarm water
- Use your fingertips to apply cleanser
- Resist the temptation to scrub your skin
- Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel
- Apply moisturizer to dry or itchy skin
- Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes
- Limit washing to twice a day or after sweating
Use unscented skin care products
The idea of pleasant smelling soaps and creams is nice, but fragranced skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. When your skin is dry, it Is advisable that you refrain from using deodorant soaps and skin care products that contain alcohol, retinoid, or alpha-hydroxy acid. Avoiding these products will allow your skin to retain its natural oils. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin, you should make an appointment to see a Charlotte dermatologist.
Apply moisturizer immediately after washing
Ointments, creams, and lotions are effective moisturizers because they trap existing moisture in your skin. We recommend that you apply a moisturizer within a few minutes of drying off after a shower or bath, or after washing your face or hands.
Ointments are preferred to lotions
Ointments and creams are much more effective, and less irritating than lotions. Your dermatologist can recommend a cream or ointment that contains a natural oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works very well. Other ingredients that can help to soothe your dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly.
Treatment for dermatitis in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte
If you are finding it difficult to live with dermatitis, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide the most effective treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your dry skin condition.