Dry Skin Solutions
November 14, 2012 8:49 AM Subscribe
My skin is really dry due to aging. What can I do?
posted by valeries to health & fitness (19 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My skin is really, really dry. I have red patches on my lower legs and peeling patches on my palms.
I am currently taking shorter, cooler showers and using CeraVe cream twice a day. I do not scratch even though my skin is itchy (legs, scalp). I take a multivitamin and fish oil. I drink a lot of water. I have radiator heat, not forced air, and it's on very low - my apartment is quite cold.
My legs still have lotion on them when I shower and if I don't scrub, it doesn't get completely washed off. Is it better to actively wash the lotion off or leave it on? My legs aren't particularly dirty or anything and I feel like the lotion is protecting my skin from the water, but maybe I'm exacerbating the problem by not allowing the skin to breathe or absorb the water or something?
Yes, I have seen a doctor. My dermatologist said that it's simply a matter of getting older. Also, I am taking synthetic thyroid hormone to treat hypothyroidism (which can cause dry skin).
I am worried because this problem tends to get much worse in winter and it's already pretty bad. What else can I do?