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Home Remedies for Xeroderma, or Dry Skin

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Home remedies for dry skin include applying Crisco vegetable shortening or Vaseline two or three times daily.

Dry skin may be improved by taking lukewarm showers or baths and avoiding excess skin scrubbing. Hot water and harsh scrubbing can take away the natural oils that protect skin and make the skin even drier.

Dry skin may be prevented by use of gentle cleansers. Non-scented, mild cleansers or soap-free products like Aveeno, Cetaphil, Dove, or Neutrogena are recommended for dry and sensitive skin. Many scented, deodorant, and antibacterial soaps can be too harsh and wash off natural skin-protecting oils.

Gentle exfoliation and hydration may help improve the appearance of non-facial dry skin. Special moisturizers containing lactic acid (Amlactin, Lac-Hydrin), salicylic acid (Salex), or urea (Urix or Carmol) are very effective in gently exfoliating the skin and helping other moisturizers penetrate into the skin more deeply.

Mild soaps and cleansers include
• Dove soapless cleanser
• Aveeno cleanser
• Cetaphil cleanser

Mild moisturizers without perfumes are good for dry skin. Thick and greasy emollients also work best. Typically, moisturizers should be applied within three to five minutes of bathing when the skin is just patted dry and still damp. Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher help protect the skin from possible sunburns and damage caused by UVA and UVB rays.

Proper nutrition and essential factors in the diet may help improve dry skin. For instance, essential fatty acids (such as omega-3) can be metabolized in the body to produce natural, moisture-retaining oil barriers of the skin. Omega-3-rich foods include flax, walnuts, safflower oil, and cold-water fish such as tuna, herring, halibut, salmon, sardines, and mackerel.

The general skin and environment moisture is very important in improving dry skin. Maintaining the skin at optimal hydration and using an indoor humidifier may help improve dry skin.


Mc Ortega is the former publicist for the late Walter Payton, Coca-Cola and Dunkin’ Donuts.

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EmpowHER Guest

Great tips! My sisters and I have always had problems with staying moisturized. I can't wait to tell them of these remedies that we can easily make at home. I will try this along with my usual Solvaderm for my complexion.

September 18, 2016 - 5:13am
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