Dry skin

People from almost all ages may suffer from dry, itchy skin for a certain period of time throughout their lives. Although many older people are usually more tend to develop dry skin, young people are also at the risk of experiencing itchy and dry skin on face, elbows, lower legs and forearms. Dry skin is a bitter condition characterized by flaking, scaling, itching and cracking. It might also be accompanied by highly visible skin rashes that itch in some cases.

The skin develops dryness if sufficient amount of water is not retained on the outermost layer of the skin. Proper moisture balance on the skin can be lost as a result of plenty external and internal triggers. Just to name few, humidity, over-heating, frequently hand-washing with harsh soaps, a history of eczema and genetic susceptibility might hinder keeping proper amount of water on the skin. Symptoms of dry skin include skin rash, itching (sometimes extreme), dry patches, small flakes and urge for scratching. Maybe the most important one among them is itching as it compels us to face vicious itch-scratch-rash-itch cycle that is difficult to stop. However, as an effective method, sealing proper amount of moisture within the skin helps us to stop this itchy skin cycle or the skin rashes that itch.

Dry, itchy skin is often not a serious problem, but its complications once heightened can lead to different skin problems such as infections and dermatitis. The reason is simple: moisture is one of the vital elements in the skin barrier. And, if the skin cannot retain sufficient amount of moisture, the skin barrier integrity is broken so the skin is left unguarded against pathogens. Once its barrier mechanism is disturbed, pathogens and germs can penetrate deep into the skin layers and cause skin problems including infections and diseases like dermatitis or eczema. In this sense, applying skin moisturizers that rehydrate the skin and help it to hold more water is the first line of defense against dry, itchy skin followed by a number of skin problems.

How to select the best moisturizer for dry skin?

Although there are many types of skin that requires different moisturizing needs some underlying principles for finding the best moisturizer for dry skin can be outlined here. First of all, topical corticosteroids that can ease itching and they are also an option but before using them consider their possible side-effects. Instead, it would be logical to name a moisturizer as the best moisturizer for dry skin based on your skin type, if it supports the skin barrier integrity and helps to keep sufficient moisture on the skin.

In this respect, coresatin barrier conditioning line stands out from traditionally formulated moisturizers as barrier lotion and barrier-p cream are specially tailored to support the skin barrier integrity and help you to keep your skin properly moisturized and itching-free. One is water-based and the other one is oil-based, both of them are crafted to meet the needs of different skin types.

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