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Ask Savvy Derm Diva – January 2022

January 2022:

Dear Savvy Derm Diva,

I need your help! My skin is super dry and I feel like I cannot find anything to help keep the moisture in. Do you have any advice to keep my skin hydrated during the winter months?

Seasonal Dryness, Samantha S.

Dear Seasonal Dryness,

The best tip is to protect your skin from the cold and dry elements. When the atmosphere becomes dry, the air starts pulling moisture from anything it can find, and your skin is a prime target. It is a good time to avoid hot showers, use a soap that doesn’t strip the skin from its essential elements, and protect your skin from the cold, dry weather. Not only do I advise moisturizing at least twice a day, but place Aquaphor over the moisturizer, especially in increased areas prone to dryness such as cuticles, lips, eyelids, elbows, and feet. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the harsh elements with scarves, gloves and don’t forget your hat!

Diva Tip: Aquaphor has an amazing spray-on formulation. But for best results, always apply it after you moisturize. A fave is Eucerin Advanced Repair cream. Find Aquaphor and hand moisturizer faves at my Amazon Store.*????

Dear Savvy Derm Diva,

Do you have any simple tips for managing a dry flaky, itchy scalp?

Dry Itchy Scalp, Robert F.

Dear Dry, Itchy Scalp,

If this is a new issue for you, I strongly suggest you get professional guidance. However, since it can take some time while you are waiting for your appointment to be seen, you can pick up an OTC hydrocortisone solution for the scalp known as Scalpicin, and apply it to the scalp two times a day. This isn’t for long-term use, but to provide you some relief for that itch and dryness. Remember, in the end, you should make an appointment to be seen.  You can see me virtually or in the office.  

Diva Tip:  To make sure nothing serious is happening to your skin, you should always visit a board-certified dermatologist.

Renata Block, MMS, PA-C, is the creator of Savvy Derm Diva, an online resource for proper skincare. Ask Savvy Derm Diva is a monthly column answering your skincare-related concerns! Make sure you follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! You can make an appointment with her via TeleMedicine or in person at Advanced Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine, LLC, or TEXT to 847-802-9667.


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