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Dry and Itchy Skin and Skin Care Products

Can Anti Aging Skin Care Problems Help?


Updated May 22, 2014

Dry and Itchy Skin

Dry and Itchy Skin

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Dry and itching skin is a major target of many anti aging skin care products. Older people, in particular, suffer from dry and itching skin. This is because, over the years, the skin endures a great deal of damage due to exposure from the UV rays of the sun. In addition, as you age, the number of active sweat and oil glands in your skin reduces. The combination of these two main factors results in dry, itchy, rough skin. Can anti aging products help?

Treatment for Dry and Itching Skin

Anti aging skin care products like creams, ointments and lotions all claim to help with dry and itching skin. Many of these skin care products bring temporary relief of symptoms. Unfortunately, they are not a long-term solution. The best you can do is avoid conditions and situations that cause dryness and itchiness while using these skin care products to bring relief.

Ointments, Lotions and Creams – The Best Choices for Dry and Itchy Skin

There is some confusion around ointments, lotions and creams. These terms described the way the skin care product is prepared. For effectiveness, an ointment is usually best because ointments are prepared using oil and stay on your skin longer. Many people don’t like ointments because they are greasy and don’t soak into the skin well. Creams are usually less oily than ointments. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

Things To Avoid

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants, perfumes, hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Typically your skin dryness and itchiness will be worse when the humidity is low. Some people will say you need to drink lots of water, but there is really no evidence this matters for skin dryness. Definitely avoid too much sun exposure, smoking and secondhand smoke, and try to relax (stress can increase dryness and itchiness).

Other Considerations for Dry and Itchy Skin

Dry and itchy skin can be a serious problem, especially if it begins to interfere with sleep. See a doctor if your skin becomes a problem. Be aware too that certain health conditions such as diabetes can lead to itchy skin and some medications can create or worsen skin dryness and itchiness.

Must Read: All About Anti Aging Skin Care Products


National Institute on Aging. National Institutes of Health. Age Page: Skin Care and Aging.

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