The arid climate of central Oregon’s high desert is a major cause of dry skin. Dry skin also occurs as we age and lose the ability to produce the natural oils that keep the skin moisturized. Dry skin symptoms include rough, scaly patches, flaking, tightness, and itchiness.
Simple lifestyle changes can often mitigate dry skin. We recommend avoiding harsh soaps; using mild soap only on areas that require cleaning (armpits, groin, and buttocks); and replacing excessively hot showers or baths with lukewarm water; and applying a good moisturizer regularly, especially soon after bathing. Our favorite moisturizers include the following.
Dry, itchy skin that continues despite lifestyle modifications requires dermatologic treatment to prevent dermatitis or eczema.