About Dry / Itchy Skin
Dry skin (Xerosis) is a common side-effect of many cancer therapies. Dry Skin varies among individuals, but is generally characterized as skin that requires more moisture than average skin. Itching (Pruritus) often goes hand in hand with dry skin and is also a common side effect of many cancer treatments.
Dry skin can be extremely uncomfortable depending upon severity and if it is left unchecked. Ultimately, skin condition can progress to severe itching, small rash-like bumps, peeling, cracking, fissuring which can cause soreness and irritation and red, inflamed skin which can be a sign of infection.
Each individual bears his/her own unique physical attributes and skin is simply one of them. Skin oiliness or dryness can vary greatly even among family members.
Alternate & Related Terms: Dry skin, skin dryness, xerosis, itchy skin, skin itching, pruritus, irritated skin, redness, dermatitis, flaky skin, flaking skin, dehydrated skin, peeling.
Dry Skin Care and Management
Very dry skin can be exacerbated by every day activities such as using conventional bodywashes and synthetically preserved lotions.. Water will hydrate the skin yet, as it dries, evaporation will cause moisture loss unless you lock in the moisture by applying Organic Body Oil or Organic Body Butter to the skin while still moist.
It is important to hydrate and moisturize skin thoroughly before dry skin becomes a problem. Prevention is the first ‘best practice’ to follow and an important factor in skin care management is adherence to a routine.
- Use only mild, hypo-allergenic soap. Avoid antibacterial soaps, and synthetic bodywashes as they are more drying.
- Use Organic Body Oil or Organic Body Butter after bathing, while skin is still damp.
- If you crave long hot baths, be sure to apply emollient oils while skin is still wet.
- Avoid products containing alcohol such as astringent, or organic lotions preserved with alcohol.
- Avoid peeling agents such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids.
- Stay hydrated by increasing the amount of water that you drink.
- Maintain a healthy diet,rich in Essential Fatty Acids, add coconut oil, fish oil, flax seed oil.
- Consider adding vitamins and antioxidants to your diet.
- Use sunscreen, hats and long sleeves to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
Dry, Itchy Skin Regimens & Solutions
At least once a week, apply Organic Body Polish to the entire body to exfoliate dry flakey skin, rinse with warm water. Apply Organic Body Oil to skin while wet or freshly patted dry but still moist. Apply Organic Body Butter to moist skin in areas which require a little extra such as elbows kness, hands or feet.
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