Introduction and background
Your skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Your veins and bones can be seen more easily. Scratches, cuts, or bumps can take longer to heal. Years of sun tanning or being out in the sunlight for a long time may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer. But there are things you can do to protect your skin and to make it feel and look better. Above all, a dry, itching skin is more prone to developing all kinds of acne especially weather related acne. It is, therefore, advisable to take good care of such symptoms and, in fact, prevent them in the first place. The following article will let you discover some of the basic tips that are helpful in preventing dry and itchy skin.
Dry Skin and Itching
Many older people suffer from dry skin, often on their lower legs, elbows, and lower arms. Dry skin feels rough and scaly. There are many possible reasons for dry skin, such as:
- Not drinking enough liquids
- Staying out in the sun
- Being in very dry air
- Feeling stress
- Losing sweat and oil glands (Common with age)
- Dry skin also can be caused by health problems, such as diabetes or kidney disease. Using too much soap, antiperspirant, or perfume and taking hot baths will make dry skin worse.
- Because older people have thinner skin, scratching can cause bleeding that may lead to infection. Some medicines make the skin itchier. If your skin is very dry and itchy, see your doctor.
- Moisturizers like lotions, creams, or ointments can soothe dry, itchy skin.
- They should be used every day. Try taking fewer baths and using milder soap to help your dry skin. Warm water is less drying than hot water. Donâ€™t add bath oil to your waterâ€”it will make the tub too slippery. Some people find that a humidifier (an appliance that adds moisture to a room) helps.
Keep Your Skin Healthy â€“ Some tips
- Some sun can be good for you, but to keep your skin healthy, be careful.
- Limit time in the sun. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.This is when the sunâ€™s rays are strongest. Donâ€™t be fooled by cloudy skies. The sunâ€™s rays can go through clouds. You can also get sunburned if you are in water, so be careful when you are in a pool, lake, or the ocean.
- Use sunscreen. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) number of 15 or higher. Itâ€™s best to choose sunscreen with â€śbroad spectrumâ€ť on the label. Put the sunscreen on 15-30 minutes before you go outside. Sunscreen should be reapplied about every 2 hours. You need to put sunscreen on more often if you are swimming, sweating, or rubbing your skin with a towel.
- Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim can shade your neck, ears, eyes, and head. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sunâ€™s rays. If you have to be in the sun, wear loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts.
- Avoid tanning. Donâ€™t use sunlamps or tanning beds. Tanning pills are not approved by the FDA and might not be safe.
- Your skin may change with age. But remember, there are things you can do to help. Check your skin often. If you find any changes that worry you, see your doctor
A lot of claims are made about how to make pimples go away. Not all of them work. Some can be painful or even dangerous, and many must be done by a doctor. Talk with a doctor specially trained in skin problems (a dermatologist) or your regular doctor if you are worried about pimples. There are, however, certain herbal ointments, creams and lotions that can be tried effectively, safely and economically. Similarly, using a good and complete acne care system kit would not only help prevent acne prior to its occurrence but will also help you deal with dry or itching or aching skin problem. You could find some editorâ€™s recommendations on this page about some of the best and top-ranked acne care systems. Make your decision wisely after doing careful, comparative research.
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