Physician Assistant Dan Moore at McLaren Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing is treating dry skin this week.
Signs of dry skin include: skin tightness, skin that looks dehydrated, skin that looks or feels rough, itching, flaking, scaling, peeling, cracking, redness and deep fissures that may bleed.
Treating dry skin is important because extensively dry skin can lead to dermatitis. Limit yourself to one five or 10 minute warm shower a day. Hot water can irritate skin. Use a gentle cleanser with moisturizer, moisturize when skin is moist, and try lanolin, mineral oil and petroleum jelly.
You should see a doctor if those remedies don't work for you. Accordingly, you should also see a doctor if you have open sores from scratching, large areas of scaling or peeling skin, trouble sleeping because of dry skin, or if your dry skin is accompanied by redness.