Peeling of skin in winter

For many, dry skin is not a sign of a condition or disease but a reaction to soaps, clothes, misuse of moisturizer and hot baths. But some - and even medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, malnutrition - can also let it dry.

The normal, healthy skin is coated with a thin layer of protection that keeps the moisture, leaving it soft and smooth. The skin becomes dry, usually for something in the environment that takes its natural protection. Less frequently, the cause is internal, a health condition or genetic predisposition.

If left untreated, can lead to some dermatitis. The good news is that, like most of the causes of dry skin is foreign, most of the cures is also external. You can usually solve the problem.

Misuse of moisturizer
The biggest mistake we can do is apply moisturizer on dry skin. "You have to put moisturizer when your skin is still damp," says Barney Kenet, a dermatologist and author of "How to wash your face."

"Thus, the moisturizer holds the moisture in your skin." Let penetrate the skin for several minutes and then rinse the towel to remove excess, it is recommended.
Experts recommend that people with dry skin opt for moisturizers that have soft perfume or alcohol. The moisturizer should be thick in order to seal the moisture needed for skin care and dry.

A simple test is to put a little lotion in the palm of the hand and when will it drop, it is not thick enough for dry skin.

Air dry
The dry air is probably the most common cause of dryness, especially during the winter. After the ambient temperature, another problem is in the house with the heater.

Other care tips dry skin include using a humidifier in her room, and hats, scarves and gloves when going out. It is recommended that people wear socks to the calf during the winter.

Long hot baths
Dermatologists advise: Reduce the time to opt for a few minutes and warm water.

The beautician Regina Ferraz, Jose Bento Clinic Dr de Souza said that hot, soapy baths dehydrate the skin, because they favor the removal of excess protective layer (mantle hydrolipidic) that coats the skin, leaving it even drier and maltrada.

The person who goes to school or work does not get very dirty during the day, but many people rub the skin. Unless you are a child, the only parts of the body that need soap are the face, hands, feet, armpits and private parts. The rest of the body usually can only be washed with water.

Many choose unwisely the soap. We go for the deodorant or antibacterial, which generate lots of foam and make us feel completely clean, but these are the most that dry the skin.

For the care of dry skin, look for softer soap and fragrance free. Do not use anything rough to increase the bath, like sponges.

Some drugs have the side effect of drying the skin, such as medicines to control blood pressure, acne and other skin conditions, such as retinoids.
If you notice the appearance of a problem of dry skin after taking a medicine, ask your doctor. He may be able to change the dose or the proper remedy.

Health conditions
Generally, dry skin is caused by external factors. But sometimes it can be a sign of something going on internally, whether a natural physiological change or disease.

Dry skin often develops when people grow older, especially women. Changes in hormone levels can cause skin ressecamentoda. Around 75% of those over 64 have dry skin.

A number of medical conditions can result in the problem:

• Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. While they generally require direct treatment, the use of moisturizers often helps.
• Diabetes. Changes in glucose levels can lead to dehydration that leaves the skin dry. Since diabetes can delay healing and increase the risk of infections is especially important for people with this condition maintain healthy skin.

• Hypothyroidism. Low levels of thyroid hormone can reduce the amount of oil produced by the skin. As a result, the skin becomes dry and rough and moisturizer is unlikely to help. Hypothyroidism is accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain.

• Malnutrition. Do not consume all the nutrients you need can leave your skin dry.

So if your skin problem has brought uncomfortable, it's time to talk to a doctor. It can help you identify the causes for the necessary treatment.

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