Ask-A-Doc, April

Posted 10/07/19 (Mon)

Addressing Dry Skin Issues After A Long Winter

Answer from Kristen Melby, Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Q: After winter, my skin is dry, flaky, and irritated. How can I give it a fresh start for spring?

A: Exfoliation and hydration are key. Also, don’t over-do it with cleansing / washing skin. 

Be sure not to overdo your regime by over-scrubbing, over-cleaning, or over-treating. Sub-zero temperatures can damage the outermost protective layer, exposing facial skin to irritants and bacteria.

Hydration and exfoliation are the keys to smoother skin for spring. Dry skin can feel raw and sensitive so many people are likely to skip exfoliation. However, it is recommended to slough off dry skin cells with a gentle exfoliator. Try a mildly abrasive cleanser or mild exfoliants with glycolic or lactic acids help eliminate flakes. Exfoliate only a few times a week. 

At night, apply a moisturizer with glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid, which helps the gentle sloughing away of dead skin continue while you sleep. Use a gentle moisturizer frequently year-round to keep your skin moisturized.  Finally, always use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.


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