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Dry skin care

It is February and very cold here in Chicago.  When the weather gets cold, our skin becomes dry and itchy.  Here are recommendations to protect your skin in the cold weather.

  • Bathing:

    • Use lukewarm or tepid water.
    • Only use soap on your face and body folds. Do not use soap on your trunk, arms, legs, or areas you have a rash
    • No hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools or Jacuzzi’s
    • Limit bathing time to 5-10 minutes
    • Never scrub with a washcloth, sponge, loofah or brush
    • Do not use bubble baths
    • Avoid drying soaps like Ivory, Dial or Irish Spring
    • Do not use body gels or body shampoos
    • To dry your skin, pat –don’t rub
    • Recommended soaps and cleansers:
      • Aquanil Cleanseravailable for purchase in our office
      • Others: Dove Unscented bar; Cetaphil, CeraVe, and Purpose cleansers and bars


  • Moisturizers:

    • Use greasy ointments and thicker creams when dry skin is worse
    • Use lighter creams and lotions for everyday use
    • Apply moisturizers while skin is still damp after bathing
    • Apply all over the entire skin twice a day
    • Recommended moisturizers:
      • Vanicreamavailable for purchase in our office
      • DML Lotionavailable for purchase in our office
      • Ointments: Aquaphor ointment or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
      • Creams and lotions: CeraVe, Cetaphil, Eucerin, Aveeno
  • Humidifiers:

    • Humidify your environment when you turn on the heater in the fall
    • Place cold air humidifies in your bedroom and the other rooms you spend your time, including your office
    • Remember to clean it frequently to avoid the spread of mold

Harry Goldin, M.D.


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