10 Ways to Combat Dry Skin

After over six hours of driving to get home today, I’m still a little tired. So, I decided to find an older Top Ten Tuesday entry from 2010 that I thought still had some great information for dealing with a problem that I still deal with all year round – dry skin!  Hopefully if you deal with this too, you’ll enjoy today’s post flashback.  Don’t worry though – the link up at the bottom is all new for this week!

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Last summer, I visited the dermatologist about a facial rash that I couldn’t get rid of, which I was afraid was rosacea.  The dermatologist said that while it didn’t look like rosacea, it did look like dry skin and gave me some tips on how to try to help the skin.  (He also decided to cut off a small bump near my chin too.  I was less than thrilled about that.)

1. In the shower or bath, try to use lukewarm water. Hot water can dry out your skin.  Even when using lukewarm water, try to limit showers/baths to 15 minutes or less.

2. Avoid using deodorant soaps, which can be harsh on your skin and have a drying effect. The soaps that he specifically listed to avoid were Ivory, Zest, Coast, and Irish Spring.  Although, he did write that this wasn’t an exhaustive list.

3. If you like using bar soap, my dermatologist recommended using either Purpose or Vanicream.  (I used some samples of Vanicream, really liked them, and then bought regular sized bars online.)

4. Better than using bar soap would be to use a non-soap skin cleanser. Approved examples are Cetaphil, Oilatum-AD, and Aquanil.

5. Don’t vigorously use a washcloth.  Either use it gently or just use your hands.  When you dry off, don’t rub your skin.  Just blot or pat dry your skin, making sure to leave some of the moisture present.

6. Put some kind of moisturizer on immediately after getting out of the bath or shower. Some options for this would be: Vaseline petroleum jelly, hydrated petrolatum, Aquaphor, Cetaphil Cream, Moisturel Cream, or Eucerin Cream.

7. Drink lots of water and other liquids!

8. Use sun block of at least SPF 15 anywhere on your body that will be exposed to the sun.

9. Use a laundry detergent such as Tide Free, All Free, or Cheer Free – ones that are free from dyes and scents.  He also suggested skipping fabric softeners, especially those in the dryer (e.g. dryer sheets).

10. Keep your home’s humidity even throughout the year. During months when you are using central heating, run a humidifier.  Try to work and sleep in a constant temperature (68 – 75 degrees) and humidity (45 – 55%).

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  1. says

    I would like to give a big *woo woo* to oil based facial cleansers. An easily available one is Burt’s Bees Orange Essence, but there are many others. It takes a little getting used to, but oil cleansing has done wonders for the dry skin on my face.

  2. says

    Great post, Angie. I have suffered many winters with dry itchy skin. My fix is a body bar called a buffie. They sell them at Lush cosmetics – all natural stuff. After shower or bath you just rub the buffie bar where ever you tend to be dry, or all over. Pat dry and you are done. I won’t go through a winter without one!

  3. says

    Thanks for the tips. I always have really dry skin in the winter. I guess that drinking more water thing may be part of the reason it wasn’t as bad this past winter. I’ll try some more of those tips going into this winter — except the lukewarm, short showers thing. Not gonna happen. ;-)

  4. says

    Thanks for these tips. While I don’t struggle with overall dry skin in the winter – my hands get like sandpaper with open cuts on them! Yuck and painful! They are already starting to REALLY dry out. I already use Cetaphil – I will look for the soap substitute of the same name. And I’m with Kris, short lukewarm showers just aren’t happenin’ for me either!


    • Angie says


      I figured out a way that I was willing to take a lukewarm shower just the other day! I did my 30 Day Shred video and then immediately took a shower. I felt so hot and yucky that I wanted a warm shower instead of a hot one. Oh, plus I had to do it quickly before piano lessons. Bingo! ;)

  5. says

    Living with Psoriasis and Eczema in the family, we deal with this issue ALOT! Vanicreme is great (we use the lotion!) but for bar soap, I have found that goats’ milk soap works better than anything – it has reduced the need to prescription meds for the psoriasis and eczema to NOTHING!!


  6. says

    You might be interested in reading the book: The Coconut Miracle by: Fife.

    I just drink 10 ounces of Coconut Milk and no longer use vegie oil and all of the dry skin healed on its own in a few weeks. Also if you put the organic coconut oil on your skin, you skin soaks it up and it is not greasy. The coconut smells goes away pretty fast to. You also do not need much if putting directly onto your skin.

    I would like to point out that I do not like the taste of coconut or smell and the milk does not taste like it at all. In fact, I switched milks and my kiddos did not realize until two weeks later. Also, if you get extra virgin coconut oil to cook with (I do part coconut oil part butter) it does not taste like coconut.


  7. Claire says

    I use Curel lotion on my hands every single time I wash them or get them out of dishwater, etc. Of course I do live in a humid climate here in the NE, so I have less issues with dry skin, except in the winter.

    I personally do not like lotion all over my body. I really dislike the heavy feel, especially in the summer. I use an olive oil cleanser and moisturizer from DHCcare.com. I found the olive oil bar to be more drying, but the liquid cleanser is wonderful. This product does not break out my hypersensitive skin. (just about every skin product, especially if there is a statement about being “non-clogging” breaks me out, and I am about to turn…shhh….52. LOL!!!

    • Angie says


      I am getting break outs all the time now, and I’m 33. Honestly – I think I have had more breakouts in my 30′s than I did as a teenager. So not right!

  8. says

    If you can implement a water filtration system, reverse osmosis water will really help – even with skin conditions like eczema. We have a whole house water filtration system and I can tell a huge difference in my skin, my hair and even when cleaning the house/bathrooms.

  9. says

    Two of our kids have eczema so we do a lot of the things on your list. Though most of the commercial lotions for dry skin cause my daughter’s skin to sting. Instead, I make an herbal salve with comfrey and chamomile and that clears up any breakouts rather quickly.