How To Fix An Extremely Dry Skin?

Having dry skin is a very common condition. In most cases, dry skin is a result of environmental factors, but in few cases, it might indicate a serious health condition. Other factors, which trigger dry skin, are heat, hot shower, arid climate, certain cosmetics and harsh soaps or cosmetics. Dry skin stretches a lot and can itch, flake, crack and even bleed. A dry skin is more prone to wrinkles and pigmentation as well. There are a few simple ways in which a dry skin condition can be tackled.

How To Fix An Extremely Dry Skin?

Easy Ways to Fix an Extremely Dry Skin

Bath With Warm Water, Not Hot Water

If you have a dry skin, then hot water is not a good option for you, though it might feel more soothing to use it in winter seasons. Hot water strips off the body’s natural oil barriers, which are responsible for trapping moisture and keeping the skin smooth and moist. So for this reason hot water or hot showers are a NO-NO for dry skin as they can further increase the skin dryness. And also cut short the time you remain in the water. Short and warm showers, which last for not more longer than 5-10 minutes are recommended by the skin care experts for those suffering from skin dryness. Taking short and lukewarm showers is an easy fix for an extremely dry skin. 

Moisturize Skin Immediately After Bathing/Showering

Ointments, lotions, and cream moisturize your skin and combat skin dryness. If you want to trap excess moisture, apply a moisturizer immediately after taking a shower. This helps lock maximum moisture and you can easily fix an extremely dry skin with this easy method of applying cream to your face and body immediately after stepping out of the shower.

Use Cream Rather Than Lotions

Ointments and creams are more effective and soothing than lotions for extremely dry skin. Creams also are high in moisture; especially creams containing jojoba oil or Shea butter works wonders for extremely dry skin. It is advisable to keep a cream handy so that you apply it soon after washing hands or face to combat the extreme skin dryness.

Lip Balm to Fix Extremely Dry Skin

Wear a lip balm regularly if your lips feel dry and have extremely dry skin. Wearing lipstick also takes away the moisture from the lips in females, due to the chemicals present in them. If you have dry lips, never opt for a matte lip colour and instead go for the moisturized and glossy lipsticks to combat the dry skin on your lips. Choose a lip balm which feels good on the lips and which suits you the best.

Use Gentle & Unscented Products

Some products are harsh on the skin and can leave a dry skin more dry and itchy. It is due to the presence of alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, and alpha-hydroxy-acid in the cosmetic products which further aggravate an extremely dry skin. The unscented products have less of chemicals and therefore are less harsh and more suitable for your dry skin.

Fix your Extremely Dry Skin by Wearing Gloves

Our hands are exposed to maximum amount of chemicals. Therefore, it is important to keep your hands covered with gloves while washing clothes, washing utensils and during other cleaning procedures. The products used for cleaning contains strong chemicals; and being exposed to them, our hands become more dry and rough. Wearing gloves can protect the skin on your hands from the harmful effects of the chemicals and also keep the moisture of the skin intact.

Use Humidifiers when Suffering from An Extremely Dry Skin

Home heating and cooling systems take away the moisture from the air, making it dry. This also leads to further dryness in the skin. Humidifiers keep the dryness of the air away and thereby prevent and fix and extremely dry skin.

Natural Remedies for Extremely Dry Skin

Oil Application. Applying moisturizer prevents the escape of moisture from the skin. Oil is the best natural moisturizer, as its effect lasts longer. Avocado oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil are considered best to keep the skin hydrated and are natural fixes for an extremely dry skin. Apply oil to your skin immediately after taking a shower.

Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe Vera gives a soothing effect on the skin, leaving it feel fresh and moisturized. Because of its healing properties, aloe vera gel it is good for the cracks present in the extremely dry skin.

Honey. Honey is an excellent natural skin moisturizer. Honey tightens and softens the skin as well. Pour some honey on the dry skin and tap it gently. Keep it for 20 minutes and then wash it off with normal water. Honey encourages circulation to the skin and gives a moisturizing effect. Honey is an excellent and natural way to fix an extremely dry skin.


An extremely dry skin can get relieved if the above precautionary measures are taken. If the skin dryness still persists and there is a lot of stretching in the skin causing cracks or bleeding, consult a dermatologist. The dermatologist could prescribe some ointment, which could be of some help to reduce the discomfort caused by an extremely dry skin.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:May 9, 2022

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