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Dry Skin

The Merck Manual Home Edition states
"Cleansing Agents: The principal cleansing agents are soaps, detergents, and solvents (a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances). Soap is the most popular cleanser, but detergents are used as well. Certain soaps dry the skin; others have a creamy base that is less drying. Because baby shampoos are excellent cleansing agents and are usually gentle to the skin, they are good for cleansing wounds, cuts, and abrasions. Also, people who have psoriasis, eczema, and other scaling diseases can use baby shampoos to wash away dead scaly skin. Oozing lesions, however, should generally be cleansed only with water and gentle soaps because detergents and harsher soaps can irritate the area. Many chemicals are added to cleansing agents. For example, some soaps have antibacterial substances added to them. Antibacterial soap does not improve hygiene or prevent disease, and routine use may disrupt the normal balance of bacteria on the skin. Anti-dandruff shampoos and lotions may contain zinc dipyrithione, selenium sulfide, or tar extracts to help treat flaking skin, eczema, and psoriasis of the scalp. Water is the main solvent for cleansing. Other solvents include petroleum jelly, which can cleanse the skin of material that cannot be dissolved with soap and water"...[Editor] Amphogel is an excellent preparation for dry skin of eczema, psoriasis, winter 'chap', etc.

Merck continues "Moisturizing Agents: Moisturizers (emollients) restore and help maintain water and oils in the skin. The best time to apply a moisturizer is when the skin is already moistened—immediately after a bath or shower, for instance. Moisturizers typically contain glycerin, mineral oil, or petrolatum and are available as lotions, creams, ointments, and bath oils. Some stronger moisturizers contain compounds such as urea, lactic acid, and glycolic acid."

Medications Used in Treatment:
1. Ointments, Creams, lotions: [Editor] prefers Aquaphor OTC for hands and feet
2. Baths and soaks
3. Solutions, powders, gels
4. Cleansing, protective, moisturizing, drying
5. Corticosteroids, anti-fungal, antiseptics

<[Editor]As the causes of dry skin may be a symptom of thyroid disease, menopause or a vitamin deficiency, the editor suggests, if good results are not forthcoming from the simple suggestions made above, to consider performing a comprehensive H.I.S. or H.E.R. Laboratory Blood Panel. This site offers insight into what is considered mid-range reference range values. The laboratory tests may help define vitamin, mineral, nutrient and hormonal deficiencies. Over-the-counter supplements may be available at the on-line Vitamin site.

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