by the experts at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals
The cold wind outside combined with central heating inside can make your skin feel dry and irritated. But dry skin care is more complex that just grabbing moisturizer whenever itching or skin flakiness appears. It's important to make good skin care decisions proactively.
Begin moisturizing your skin as soon as the weather starts getting colder instead of waiting until your skin starts to look bad. Since the skin is an organ, it needs attention and care. Once it becomes damaged, returning it to its normal state can be difficult.
If your skin becomes dry and cracked, use petroleum-based moisturizers. These products stay on longer and don't evaporate quickly. People with more sensitive skin should avoid products with fragrances, dyes, or acid, because they can aggravate itching symptoms.
Finally, if home treatment doesn't heal cracks in dry skin, the damaged area can become infected and lead to more troublesome wounds. In these cases, a dermatologist or wound care specialist can provide more vigorous therapy. For more information, contact the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital at 715-717-7657.