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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dry Skin

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Dry winter air and lots of soap combine to cause itchy, irritated skin that is prone to develop rashes.  These simple measures can protect skin from over-drying, and decrease itching and irritation:
  • Bath once daily at the most, every other day if you are comfortable with the idea.
  • Use minimal soap only where essential. "Pits and Private" is the hospital slang for this approach. Definitely avoid the total body lathering of TV ads!
  • If your skin is severely dry, use a petroleum-based moisturizer such as Vaseline, Aquaphor, or Eucerin creme. Put the moisturizer on after bathing and at bedtime.
  • For skin that is dry all over, use Cetaphil, Amlactin, or Vanicream.  All of these creams can be purchased for a low price at the Student Health Services Pharmacy.
  • Avoid lotions that contain alcohol; these products will dry your skin.
  • Your medical provider can help you select a moisturizer based on your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne and breakouts.