Physician Assistant Dan Moore at McLaren Greater Lansing Internal Medicine in Lansing is treating dry skin problems this week.
Symptoms include: skin tightness, especially after being in water; skin that looks dehydrated or feels rough; and itching.
Flaking, scaling, peeling or cracking skin are signs of dryness, too.
Limit yourself to one five or 10 minute warm shower a day so you don't dry out skin even more. Use a gentle cleanser with moisturizer, and moisturize while skin is moist.
Mineral oil and petroleum jelly can help keep water in the skin, too.
Treating dry skin is important because extensively dry skin can lead to dermatitis, which is a more severe inflammation.
See a doctor if your skin doesn't improve after trying home remedies or if the dryness or itching interferes with sleeping.