Dry Skin/Sensitive Skin

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Signs of Dry/Sensitive Skin 

  • Feeling tension in the skin
  • Roughness
  • Lackluster appearance
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Flaking
  • Itching
  • Stinging

Cause 

Lots of factors can lead to dry skin: 

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Diseases/skin conditions (e.g. atopic eczema, psoriasis, diabetes)
  • Medication (e.g. corticosteroids, lipid lowering agents, anti-acne drugs)
  • Weather/climate (e.g. cold or dry air, air pollution)
  • Skin cleansing (e.g. too much or too aggressively)
  • Personal habits (e.g. smoking, not moisturizing, using skincare products that are too neutral or acidic)

The Do’s and Don’t’s

  • Don’t use soap or neutral skin cleansers. Wash your skin with pH 5.5 cleansers instead (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion).
  • Don’t shower more than once a day or for more than 10 minutes each time. The water shouldn’t be too hot (95°F max) either.
  • Avoid soaking in the bathtub for a long time; it makes your skin even drier. Only use soap-free, pH 5.5 bath wash.
  • Apply creams or lotions on your skin regularly, at least every other day, and up to 4 times a day on affected skin areas.
  • Choose skincare products with a pH of 5.5 to help protect the barrier function of your skin against water loss.
  • Use creams and lotions that are highly moisturizing, emollient, and protective (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defense Cream, Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream and Sebamed Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion).
  • Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you have a skin condition/disease because it may require medication as well.
  • Avoid frequent peelings and skin care products containing alcohol. Products like these amp up the dryness.
  • Scalp and hair are often affected by dryness, too. Use a mild, pH 5.5 shampoo with active ingredients that protect and restore your scalp and hair’s hydrolipid balance (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Shampoo).
  • Install an air humidifier in your room to help keep your skin moisturized.
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water, juice, or tea each day. It’s important to stay hydrated!
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