Dry Skin

Dry skin most often occurs on the shins, hands and sides of the abdomen. It is more common during the winter months, when humidity is low. Treatment is important because extensively dry skin can lead to dermatitis, a more severe inflammation of the skin.

Dry skin may be prevented or treated by:
Taking lukewarm baths or showers (instead of hot ones)
Limiting baths/showers to 5 to 10 minutes
Applying a moisturizer after drying off from a shower or washing your hands
Using a moisturizing body soap and hand soap
Using heavier creams or ointments during the winter months and lighter lotions in the summer

There are many different types of creams and lotions available which can help care for your skin. Ask your pharmacist for more advice on skin care.