Let’s face it; dry skin is uncomfortable. It can occur for anyone at any time and cause inflammation, redness, cracked skin, flakes, and itchiness. There are a number of factors that can cause inflamed, dry patches, but there are also easy ways to treat the affected area.
Causes of Red, Dry Patches
Allergies aren’t always a runny nose and watery eyes. Some people experience allergy symptoms on the skin that cause red, dry patches. Often the allergy is mistaken as such because it doesn’t manifest itself with the classic allergy symptoms.
Humidity levels drop significantly during colder months. The lack of moisture in the air can have a big impact on the skin. Most people will experience dry, flaky, and red skin during the winter because the dry air makes the water in the skin evaporate more quickly.
Whether the seasons are changing from hot to cold or cold to hot, it will affect the skin. Aside from cold weather having less moisture in the air, going inside to a heated or air-conditioned building from the weather outside can impact the skin as well.
These extreme changes can cause facial capillaries to expand too quickly, leading to busted veins and reddening skin. Heated air is very dry and will cause the skin to dry out and eventually crack.
Rubbing the skin too much, mostly on the face, commonly leads to red, dry skin. This can be caused by towels or rubbing too much with our hands. When we rub our face excessively or too harshly, we can damage the connective tissue underneath the skin. This results in dry, inflamed skin that struggles to retain moisture.
While hot showers may feel great, they are hard at work removing the essential oils from the skin. When oils are stripped away, the skin becomes dry and itchy. It’s best to shower in lukewarm water to keep skin healthier and more nourished. This in addition to a proper skin-care routine will help soothe dry skin.
Skin conditions play a significant role in the health of our skin just like environmental factors do. Eczema, also known as a topic dermatitis, is one of the most common skin ailments and causes inflamed, dry patches to occur anywhere on the body. It’s highly itchy, which can further aggravate the condition.
Psoriasis can be ongoing or occur seasonally. While chronic psoriasis is monitored by a doctor and has certain prescribed medications, seasonal psoriasis flare-ups can be managed without a doctor based on severity. Psoriasis affects the skin by causing inflammation, redness, dryness, and flaky patches on the skin.
Skin and hair care products, laundry detergent, and colognes/perfumes can cause allergic reactions. Most people assume a reaction is breaking out in hives or sneezing, but reactions to harsh chemicals can also be red, dry patches on the skin. An ingredient list with too many harsh chemicals will dry out the skin and can cause inflammation.
How to Get Rid of Red, Dry Patches
Just because red, dry patches are common doesn’t mean we need to put up with it and suffer. There are several ways to get rid of the redness and moisturize the dry patch and nourish the skin. A combination of these three steps will have your skin back to a healthy state soon.
Step 1: Moisturizer
The best way to treat a red and dry skin patch is with a good moisturizer. A gentle, natural moisturizer that targets dry skin will help lock in moisture by creating a barrier on the skin. Applying moisturizer should be done within a few minutes of taking a lukewarm shower or washing your face and hands. This allows the moisturizer to soak in better and lets the natural ingredients create an effective barrier to keep moisture from escaping.
Make sure you’re using a moisturizer that suits your skin type. Seeing a dermatologist can help you decide if you need an ointment, oil, lotion, or cream moisturizer. It’s easy to find ingredients that are in prescription moisturizers in regular moisturizers. The moisturizer may sting for a moment if your dry patch is cracked or is caused by eczema.
Step 2: Make Small Changes
If your red, dry skin patch is caused by environmental factors such as weather or the products it’s exposed to; then a change needs to be made. If your hands are frequently immersed in water, then wearing gloves will help protect the skin, allowing a dry patch to heal and avoiding more dry patches.
Showers should also be limited between 5-10 minutes as well. Overexposure to water dries out the skin. When drying off with a towel, it’seven better to dab the skin dry versus rubbing it dry.
Natural products have less or no harsh chemicals and are less likely to be irritants to the skin. Switching out your current detergents, soaps, shampoos, and lotions with natural ones can greatly improve the skin and reduce the risk of more dry patches.
Ingredients such as she a butter, coconut oil, argan oil, lactic acid, glycerol, and other natural ingredients will restore moisture while helping with the inflammation.
Step 3: Get a Humidifier
Skin is always exposed to the elements unless we are completely covered up. Since dry skin is more prevalent in the colder months, it’s advised to get a humidifier for your home/bedroom. Not only does the winter air cause dryness, but heaters remove moisture from the air, making the inside of buildings just as dry. Humidifiers work to force moisture to enter the air and replace the missing moisture.
Time for Change
Combining these steps will help the redness subside and nourish the skin. Watching what you’re putting your skin through and what ingredients it’s exposed to on a daily basis is key to knowing how to treat a red, dry patch.
Modrn Man can help you switch up your current routine to provide you with products for sensitive skin to help your skin be healthy.