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What You Can Do About Dry, Flaking Skin

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If your skin is dry and flaking off, you could have extremely dry skin or you could have some other type of skin condition. Going to the dermatologist for an exam and a diagnosis can help get you the treatment you need and the hydrated skin you're after. Dry skin could be caused by a number of things, including your diet or other lifestyle factors. Dry skin may also be caused by a health condition. If you have dry, flaking skin, read on for a few things you can try to clear up your skin.

Dry Brush

Dry brushing your skin helps to remove the dead skin cells and helps to encourage the growth of new skin cells. Dry brushing is a technique in which you literally are brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush. When you dry brush your body, brush the skin up towards the heart in order to promote good blood flow as well. Dry brushing can be done at any time, but it's a good idea to do it just before you get into the shower in order to wash away the dead skin cells as well. 


If you don't moisturize or use lotion on your skin, your skin may be so dry that it has started to flake. If you notice this, especially during winter months, you may be prone to having dry skin. Applying moisturizer will help add moisture to your skin that your own body isn't producing. Apply the moisturizer to the entire body as soon as you get out of the shower, while your skin is still moist, to help trap in the moisture.

Apply Body Wash With A Loofah

Instead of using bar soap, switch to a body wash that contains moisturizer in it and apply it with a loofah. Your body will hydrate with the body wash, while the loofah can help brush away the dead skin cells. Don't loofah your body too harshly, or you could end up irritating your skin.

If you have an issue with dry and flaking skin, you may be embarrassed about your skin flaking off. Go to the dermatologist for a checkup and a diagnosis so you can get the right type of treatment. Flaking skin can also be caused by skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, so it's important to know for sure what the underlying issue is before you start to treat your dry skin.

For more information, reach out to local dermatology specialists.