Medicated creams provide relief from the itchy annoyance of dry skin. Most people have bouts of dry skin at some point. It is particularly common as the skin ages. Aged skin has difficulty retaining moisture and dries faster; this, combined with thinning, causes wrinkles. Weather conditions also contribute to dry skin. The winter months are the most devastating time of year for skin, as central heating systems have a tendency to deprive the skin of moisture.
The America Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) recommends the use of Eucerin products for the treatment of Xerosis. Eucerin's Plus Intensive Repair Enriched Lotion contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates the skin and enhances its capability to retain moisture. But AHA also increases the skin's sensitivity to sun, so use caution.
Moisturel lotion is a paraben- and lanoline-free moisturizer. The lotion is applied daily after a shower or bath. It is a light product intended for sensitive skin. In cases of severe dryness, such as psoriasis, a combination preventive care and oil should added to the moisturizing routine.
Cetaphil Lotion is a daily moisturizer that treats chronic dry skin. The formula does not clog pores, which is good news for those also suffering from breakouts. The lotion is fragrance and paraben-free. Although medicated, it also contains a healthy dose of macadamia nut oil as a natural emollient.
A dermatologist may recommend a prescription lotion for chronically severe dry skin with itching. Prescriptions tend to cost more and must be written by a licensed dermatologist. However, the relief is worth the investment. A daily moisturizing routine that incorporates the application of oils prevents dry skin from worsening and repairs some of the damage. Natural oils, such as vitamin oil and macadamia nut oil are both good options. Using sun protection during the summer and a humidifier in the winter are two other ways a person can prevent dry skin.
Tiffany Ross is a writer and actress who has been working in Chicago since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and is completing her Master of Science in Oriental medicine. Ross is a world traveler with experience working overseas.