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Dry skin

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Dry skin

Dry skin is a common condition and may cause itching.

Quick Tips: Dry Skin

  • Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day.
  • Avoid long, hot showers or baths.
  • Avoid soaps and skin products that contain alcohols or harsh chemicals.
  • Use moisturizing lotion after showers (such as Aquaphor, Absorbase, or Lac-Hydrin).
  • Use mild, unscentled laundry detergents and avoid fabric softeners.
  • Use petroleum jelly on dry, itchy areas; your provider may recommend other agents to help.
  • Use sunscreen.