The up and down temperatures are exacerbating dry skin this winter. Doctors are reporting a very high number of patients with weather related dry skin. Some patients have such bad flare ups that they are requiring prescription anti-inflammatory creams.
The challenge is keeping the moisture in the skin to begin with. That often involves using a mild soap in the shower along with warm water instead of steaming hot. The creams that come with pump bottles are fine for a quick fix, but overall doctors say they don't do the trick on a daily basis.
Mercy Health dermatologist Dr. Krishna Mutgi says it's best to use a really thick moisturizer like Cetaphil, Cerave, Eucerin, or Aquaphor.
If those don't work and you find yourself with dry cracked pealing skin then you may need a prescription strength cream which involves a steroid.