Itchy, flaky skin, red bumps, ashiness… We’re all familiar with dry skin. Whether it’s on our face, hands, elbows or all over our body. It’s not cool.
The good thing is it can be treated and prevented a number of ways, and without a trip to the dermatologist. If you suffer from dry skin, you’re going to want to read this.
To jump right to one treatment option, check out Tacugama body oil by krio, or krio’s River No. 2 face oil. Both are packed with powerful botanical extracts that are known to fight dry skin and atopic dermatitis (eczema).
What is Dry Skin (and Why Does it Matter)?
Dry skin is an unpleasant skin condition associated with itching, scaling, cracking, ashiness and redness. It can happen anywhere, occurring commonly on the face, and for a number of reasons.
You might naturally have dry skin or skin that is prone to drying up after exposure to water or sun. Even individuals with oily skin may develop dry skin occasionally. It can affect your body anywhere, but most commonly affects the face, hands, arms, elbows, knees and legs.
Dry skin is uncomfortable, painful and can even make some individuals less confident in their skin. Thankfully, there are natural methods and products available to battle dry skin and prevent it from coming back.
Types of Dry Skin
Aside from dry skin occurring naturally, exposure to hot water, dry weather, and certain chemicals can cause your skin to dry up.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Atopic dermatitis, better known as eczema, is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, scaly patches on the skin that can become inflamed and itchy. It’s common among babies and young children, but can affect teens and adults, too.
Eczema most commonly affects the arms, backs of the knees, inner elbows, or on the face and scalp. Eczema is not contagious and its effect usually lessens with age.
The condition is believed to be caused by an overactive immune system from response to exposure to irritants. It also can be caused by an abnormal response to benign proteins in the body, causing inflammation.
Red or brownish-gray patches
Raised bumps that may secrete fluid when scratched or irritated
Patches of dried, yellowish ooze
How to Treat Atopic Dermatitis
There are many options to treat eczema, including medication, therapies, lifestyle modifications, and natural, botanical oils.
Other treatments include over-the-counter antihistamines like Zyrtec, Benadryl, Allegra or Claritin to relieve itching. Cortisone or hydrocortisone (steroid) creams and ointments can be used to relieve itching and scaling. Immunosuppressants may be prescribed to prevent the immune system from overreacting, preventing eczema flare-ups, but comes with its side effects.
Aside from medication, light therapy, or phototherapy, uses ultraviolet light to prevent immune system responses that trigger eczema.
Stress plays a large role in triggering or exacerbating symptoms, so try to reduce stress by practicing deep breathing, yoga, meditating, getting enough sleep and rest and listening to relaxing music. Aromatherapy and acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of eczema, too.
Contact dermatitis occurs when your body is exposed to something, like irritating chemicals such as bleach, battery acid, detergents, kerosene, or even some soaps, that your skin reacts to and causes localized inflammation.
Another type, allergic contact dermatitis, occurs when your skin is exposed to a substance that you may be allergic to, such as nickel, gold, latex, poison oak or poison ivy. This then causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals, making the skin feel irritated and itchy.
Dry, flaky, scaly skin
Darkened or leathery skin
Skin that burns
Swelling in the eyes, face or groin areas
How to Treat Contact Dermatitis
Most contact dermatitis goes away once the irritant is no longer in contact with the skin. However, in other cases, symptoms may still persist.
Here are some tips you can try to relieve symptoms:
Clean your skin with mild, fragrance-free soap and lukewarm water
Avoid scratching the irritated area as it can worsen the irritation or cause infection, requiring antibiotics.
Apply petroleum jelly to the affected area to soothe pain and irritation.
Apply topical, natural anti-inflammatories.
Use anti-itch products such as hydrocortisone cream (Cortisone-10) or calamine lotion.
Stop the use of any problematic products.
If your rash doesn’t improve with home remedies, or is close to your eyes or mouth, or covers a large portion of your body, you may want to seek medical attention. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a stronger steroid cream.
How to Prevent Dry Skin
There are many lifestyle remedies to help prevent dry skin from even occurring in the first place
Avoid using hot water when washing your face, bathing or showering
Lessen shower time to less than 10 minutes
Use a moisturizing soap when you bathe or shower
Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or showering
Pat wet skin with a soft towel rather than rubbing it
Avoid itching or scrubbing dry skin patches
Use a humidifier in your room at night, especially during the fall and winter
Drink plenty of water
To keep both your face and body moisturized and nourished, check out krio’s Tacugama body oil and River No. 2 face oil, two serums designed specifically to fight dry skin and keep it hydrated all day long.
Each oil is packed with botanical oils such as marula oil, clary sage oil, chamomile oil, jojoba oil, baobab oil, sunflower oil and more, that are packed with vitamins, essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatories known to fight eczema, nourish dry skin, balance sebum levels on your skin and keep your skin hydrated.
Resources for Dry Skin Remedies
To learn about the different properties in natural skincare products that aim to prevent and treat dry skin and other skin complications, check out this article: 7 Properties in Skincare Products that Promote Healthy Skin.
For more information on dry skin, visit mayoclinic.org.
If your dry skin becomes a concern and you are experiencing serious symptoms, please contact your doctor for further treatment.
Now that you’ve learned about the different types of dry skin, what causes them, how to naturally treat and prevent them, you should be on your way to healthier and more comfortable skin.
Don’t forget to check out krio’s products specifically crafted to fight and nourish the symptoms talked about in this blog post.
Tacugama body oil is crafted with a powerful nutrient blend of botanical oils. Thanks to key ingredients such as baobab oil and pomegranate seed oil, our formula contains a host of vitamins and essential fatty acids that work together to soften, nourish, and rejuvenate your skin.
River No. 2 face oil is carefully crafted to be lightweight yet exceptionally dense in crucial nutrients to keep your face nourished and glowing and battle difficult skin complications such as dry skin, acne and aging. Key ingredients such as marula oil and watermelon Seed oil contain vitamins and essential fatty acids that work in sync to provide hydration and other benefits for healthy skin.