All of us have likely experienced the discomfort of dry, itchy skin at some time in our lives, and a few applications of lotion is often enough to control it. But for people who deal with chronically dry skin, it can affect their daily lives, making it difficult to sleep or wear clothing. At Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, Virginia, our dermatology professionals are committed to helping patients understand why conditions like dry skin happen and how to manage their symptoms effectively.
What causes dry skin?
There are many reasons why the skin loses moisture and becomes dry. Many patients with dry skin visit their dermatologist in the colder months, when the weather in Warrenton is cold and the humidity is low. With central heating and space heaters running during this time, the issue is compounded. External factors like hot baths and showers, as well as certain soaps and detergents, can also make some people's skin feel dried out and itchy. Chronic conditions like allergies, eczema or psoriasis are also to blame. If scratching leads to open sores on the skin, secondary bacterial infections can develop.
How can I treat my dry skin?
At Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, dry skin is a common problem seen by our dermatologist Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero. The first step to treating dry skin is to diagnose its source. If the problem is caused by a chemical found in soap or detergent, for example, your Warrenton skin care professional will advise you to switch to a hypoallergenic brand. Allergies may also be alleviated when the trigger is avoided. More complicated skin conditions may respond well to medicated ointments, oral medication or other therapies. Whatever the cause of your dry skin, it's important to follow your Warren dermatologist's instructions to stay comfortable and keep itchy skin at bay.
If dry skin has left you frustrated and uncomfortable, contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, Virginia. We'd be happy to schedule an appointment so you can alleviate your dry skin as soon as possible!