Dry Skin


  • 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.


Recommended Products:

  • 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