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Dry skin occurs when skin loses too much moisture. Skin thins with age. So, older adults often have dry skin. Other causes of dry skin include:
Dry skin can affect people differently. Dry skin may present like:
Bathing less often can help improve dry skin. And when you do bathe or shower, don’t use hot water. Using ointments, lotions, or creams that keep the moisture in also help.
Apply moisturizers right away after bathing or showering. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a product that contains petrolatum or lanolin.
Consider using a humidifier in your home. If dry skin isn’t helped with these treatments, your doctor may prescribe a prescription medicine to apply to your skin.
Call your health care provider if:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider:
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