(HealthDay News) -- Dry skin affects a lot of people, particularly as seasons change. But the same care routine doesn't work for everyone in every type of weather.
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The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how to heal and prevent dry skin:
- Close the bathroom door during a bath or shower.
- Limit a bath or shower to 10 minutes, and use warm water instead of hot.
- Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but not so much as to create a thick lather.
- Blot skin with a towel gently after the bath, and apply ample moisturizer.
- Wear lip balm.
- Use gentle, unscented skin care products. Avoid deodorant soaps and skin products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids.
- Wear non-irritating clothes made from cotton or silk, for example, and use a mild, hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
- During winter, use a humidifier.
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