DermTV – How to Treat Dry Skin and Itchy Skin in the Winter [ Episoded #144]

DermTV – How to Treat Dry Skin and Itchy Skin in the Winter [ Episoded #144]

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Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. It’s wintertime and, despite your best efforts
to the contrary, your skin is getting dry and it’s starting to itch.
Let me tell you how to stop that itching. First, try a non-sedating antihistamine
like Allegra, Hismanal or Zyrtec and, the reason I say “non-sedating,”
is because we don’t want to put you to sleep. Now antihistamines won’t
help the itching for everybody, but they’re certainly worth a try. Use a
cold water humidifier in your bedroom, especially at night-time when you’re
sleeping. You spend several hours there, and that’s a perfect opportunity
to restore the moisture in your skin. Use a cold water humidifier, not
a hot water one, and make sure the chamber that holds the water is easily
detachable. That way, you can clean it every day and avoid the build-up
of undesirable germs. If you don’t want to use a humidifier, and if you
have a free-standing radiator, you can actually put a pot of water on the
radiator. When the dry steam heat in the radiator comes on, it causes the
water in the pot to evaporate, again putting more moisture into the air.
Just make sure you clean out that pot every day. But the most important thing
for helping the itching of dry winter skin, of course, is moisturizers. Apply
them as soon as you get done patting dry after your bath or shower to help
lock in the moisture that you pick up in your bath or shower. Re-apply them
frequently and, if your skin is very itchy, get a moisturizer with menthol
in it because menthol causes a cooling sensation; it supersedes and stops
the itching. An example is Sarna lotion,” S-a-r-n-a,” and that’s
available without a prescription. Avoid wearing wool because wool fabrics have
little fibers that poke out into the skin and really, really aggravate
itching in people who have dry itchy skin. Lastly, if you’re itching, don’t
scratch. Scratching feels good, stops the itching but, unfortunately,
it begets more itching. If you are itching, you can just apply pressure to
the area, as I am on my arm, and that pressure will stop the itching without
causing more itching. But the most important thing to remember, if you’re
itching from dry winter skin is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

21 thoughts on “DermTV – How to Treat Dry Skin and Itchy Skin in the Winter [ Episoded #144]”

  1. Brilliant Dr. Schultz. The water on the radiator is something I never would have thought of. Also, applying pressure is something I will try as my skin has been itching like crazy, especially my hands and arms from all the wind and cold here in NYC. Thanks so much for all the advice. You're awesome! 8)

  2. I have a question.Whats the best lotion out there or even natural product for dry skin? Is coconut oil a good choice? What do your recommend?

  3. @kaleena2006: There is no one best lotion for dry skin. Coconut oil will do nothing to replace low moisture levels which is the problem with dry skin. There are many commercial over-the-counter moisturizers like Lubriderm, Aveeno and many other companies that are very effective for dry skin.

  4. @dermTVdotcom I have to say that Ive always used things like Aveeno and Vaseline Advanced therap during the extreme winter with just ''ok'' results and truthfully Ive been using extra virgin coconut oil for about a month and have seen great improvement which means I can go days with out moisturizing. I love it. 🙂

  5. I get insane winter itch. I use an anti -itch cream w/tea tree oil/camomile. It helps about 90%, but I cant stand menthol smell. Also wear loose clothing for an 1-2hrs after a shower that helps immensely! I use virg.olive oil on wet skin in shower to lock in moisture so its not lost during shower. I use aloe vera gel w/anti itch cream after shwer. Will def try Sarna, & antihistamine. It feels like being poked w/1000 needles. I turned down house heat too.

  6. This didn't help because I can't put any lotions on or any chemicals on my face or I get allergies and 20x dryer skin than wha I had before. Any natural tips for treating severe dry skin ?

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