- Long showers or baths, while they feel great, strip moisture away from your skin. Limit your shower or bath to 5-10 minutes per day.
- While hot water feels good, it strips away your natural oils and can make you even drier. Wash with lukewarm water.
- Use gentle soaps made for sensitive skin. Avoid products that have added fragrance or dyes. Antibacterial washes should be avoided, unless specifically recommended by your doctor.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing, while your skin is still damp, to seal in the moisture.
- Creams (white, in a jar) and ointments (clear, greasy) are thicker and preferred over lotions, which are thinner. While lotions spread more easily, they contain alcohol which can contribute to dryness.
- Use gentle, fragrance-free moisturizers. While fragranced products smell great, fragrance is one of the most common causes of allergic reaction (contact dermatitis) of the skin.
- Look for moisturizers that contain ceramides. Ceramides are lipid molecules that help repair the barrier of the skin, which helps your skin better retain moisture.
- Don’t forget your hands. Apply moisturizer to your hands after every hand wash to avoid dryness.
- Body Washes:
- CeraVe® Hydrating Body Wash
- Aveeno® Skin Relief Fragrance Free Body Wash for Dry Skin
- Cetaphil® Ultra Gentle Body Wash Fragrance Free
- Dove® Sensitive Skin Body Wash
- Vanicream® Gentle Body Wash for Sensitive Skin
- Body Moisturizers:
- CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream CeraVe® Healing Ointment
- Aveeno® Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream or Aveeno® Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm
- Cetaphil® Pro Dry Skin Eczema Soothing Moisturizer
- Vanicream ® Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin
- Face Washes:
- CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser or CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser
- Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser
- Vanicream® Gentle Facial Cleanser
- Face Moisturizers:
- EltaMD® PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer (sold at DGOC)
- Revision® DEJ Face cream (sold at DGOC)
- CeraVe® Facial Moisturizing Lotion
- Vanicream® Lite Lotion
- Hand Moisturizers:
- CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream
- Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
- Eucerin® Advanced Repair Hand Cream