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Easy Treatment and Tips for Flaky and Dry Skin on Forehead and Face

Updated on October 23, 2016
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Trained in dentistry, Sree is currently studying lab sciences. She enjoys researching various health topics and writing about her findings.

There are four types of skin for humans - normal, oily, sensitive and dry.

  1. Normal. The normal skin type shows no excess oil or flaking skin. A person with normal skin has a complexion that is even-toned, smooth, and supple; pores that are minimally visible; no severe sensitivity; and few or zero imperfections. Normal skin is also characterized by good elasticity as well as the right balance of oil and moisture.
  2. Oily. The oily skin type is shiny, particularly on the forehead, down the nose, and on the chin (referred to as the T-zone). You have oily skin if your pores are enlarged. The skin will also be prone to breakouts and blackheads due to the excess oil produced by the sebaceous glands. What is good about having oily skin is that is lets you age gracefully – the skin is kept moisturized by the oils and fewer wrinkles will be formed. A number of young women find that their usually oily skin become drier as they enter their mid-30s.
  3. Combination. Skin experts say that most women have combination skin, which means their T-zone is slightly oily, their cheeks are drier, and other areas of their face have dry patchy spots. If you have combination skin, your forehead and cheeks may have larger pores while the rest of your skin has medium pores as well as a healthy color, good circulation, and an even, smooth texture.
  4. Dry. Having dry skin means your face feels tight, particularly after washing it. (As one gets older, skin tends to become drier due to hormones.) If you have dry skin, you tend towards flaking, red patches, and fine wrinkles. Women with dark skin may find that their skin looks dull or ashy due to the accumulation of dead skin.

Knowing what one’s skin type is easy. Simply apply an oil blotter or clean tissue on your face as soon as you wake up. Your skin type is normal if small amounts of oil are picked up by the blotter on your forehead, nose, and chin. If there are lots of greasy spots on the blotter, then your skin type is oily. Meanwhile, a clean blotter that picks up skin flakes indicates a dry skin type, and a blotter that shows oily spots on the T-zone is a sign that you have combination skin.

Out of all the four, the last type seems to be the most bothersome to have, since it is seriously annoying and potentially embarrassing. Having dry skin spells doom. Having dry skin at the most prominent part of the body - your face - is downright unfair.

Dry skin or xerosis is caused by the stripping away of lipids or fatty oils that seal the moisture in the skin. It is associated with reduced oil production on the skin surface and usually results from certain activities or conditions, which include: Cleansing or scrubbing the skin excessively; taking too many showers or baths with extremely hot water; taking baths too often; vigorously drying the skin with a towel; failing to drink enough water (resulting in dehydration); being exposed to the sun for extended periods; living in a low-humidity area or one with dry and cold winters; and using central heating at home or at work.

Due to lack of hydration, the skin cracks and flakes, causing unsightly blemishes that are sometimes mortifyingly visible to others. While the face receives the most attention to skin care for both men and women, it also goes without saying that it also experiences the most treatment. One of the most obvious backlashes of these treatments is dry skin on the forehead.

Flaky and Dry Skin on Forehead and Face
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Causes of Flaky and Dry Skin on Forehead and Face

The forehead is one major area of the face that is susceptible to dryness and irritation. Most of these manifestations are due to external factors. Irritants from the environment may be one of the causes. Dry and arid air causes havoc to the skin. Exposure to very cold weather also robs the skin of moisture, making it dry and flaky. This is harsher on the face as it is often exposed to the elements, making the skin dry, especially on the forehead.

The types of products one usually uses, especially on the face, may lead to irritation. There are endless varieties of facial skincare products on the market that promise to improve skin condition, but may actually worsen it. Harsh soaps drain away the much needed natural oils essential for hydration of the skin. Makeup also contains chemicals that may cause irritation on the face. Hair products containing harsh ingredients may also result in skin problems due to contact.

While the causes of skin dryness, especially on the face, are mostly external, it is important to note that the cures to these come from external sources as well.

Many external as well as internal factors contribute to facial skin dryness, the severity of which depends on how many and how intense these factors are.

1. External factors

  • Skin care. Washing, bathing, or showering too often or too long can remove many of the skin barrier's lipids. To combat dry facial skin, it is important to follow a skin care routine that uses dry skin-appropriate products. Strong soaps should be avoided when cleansing the face, as they strip away the lipids naturally present in the skin.
  • Environmental. Environmental factors that give you dry skin include: sunlight's UV rays, which hasten the ageing rate of the skin, making it more prone to becoming dry as you age; dry, cold, and hot air as well as other harsh weather conditions; and seasonal changes, which are the reason symptoms of dry skin are more common during the summer and winter months.
  • Medication. A number of medications can affect the skin's internal water balance. These medications include diuretics, or those that are taken to control blood pressure levels. This is why it is important to consult your doctor if you think a certain medication can cause you to have dry skin.

2. Internal factors

  • Genetic influences. Each individual has a set of genes (which are responsible for your hair and skin color as well as skin lipid and moisture levels) that are unique. These genetic influences are what make different individuals have different lipid and moisture levels in their skin, even under similar conditions. This is the reason fair-complexioned people tend to have dry skin more easily than dark-complexioned individuals. Some diseases often also have genetic influences on your skin, such as diabetes, psoriasis, ichthyosis, and atopic dermatitis.
  • Diet. To properly carry out its functions, your skin needs wide range of nutrients as well as vitamins and fatty acids (unsaturated). Having a deficiency in any of these diet essentials can result in dry skin.
  • Hormonal influences. There are instances when the body's hormone levels change, such as during pregnancy, menopause, and adolescence. These can affect the moisture balance of the skin and cause it to become dry.
  • Age. As a person gets older, there is a reduction in the ability of his or her skin to produce lipids and sweat since the skin's sweat and sebaceous glands functions are also reduced. Ageing increases an individual's chances of having drier skin, which also increases his or her likelihood of having wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Premature skin ageing. With increasing age comes natural skin ageing. But being exposed too long and unprotected to UV light increases your risk of developing wrinkles and fine lines too early.

3. Other factors

  • Dehydration. The quantity of water supplied by the body is related to the quantity of moisture present in the skin. This means that becoming dehydrated prevents the body from providing enough water to the skin, leading to insufficient moisture and dry skin. Elderly people (whose feelings of thirst get reduced with age) and manual laborers as well as regular exercise enthusiasts are the individuals prone to becoming dehydrated and having dry skin.
  • Sun exposure. Your chances of having dry facial skin may increase with excessive exposure to the sun. This is why you should use a sunscreen with dry skin formulation. This ensures that your skin gets not just the right SPF but also the moisturizing actives it needs. Because dry skin is more likely to get irritated compared to normal skin, it would be wise to choose a sunscreen that does not contain colorants, perfumes, and other irritating additives.
  • Smoking. Cigarette smoke contains blood flow-reducing nicotine as well as other toxins that slow down skin metabolism, causing it to dry out and undergo premature ageing.
  • Occupational hazards. Gardening, playing outdoors, or spending the holidays in a cold place can cause facial skin to become dry.

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Easy Treatment for Dehydrated Face and Skin

Hydration is the key in preventing dryness of skin. Drinking lots of water every day, about eight glasses, goes a long way in replenishing the skin's moisture level. Eating fruits and vegetables is also a great way of staying hydrated. If still not enough, one should consider his or her daily cleansing habit. This might be the glitch that causes the dryness and irritation.

Experts say that it is best to wash your face in water that has a warm, mild temperature. This is a notch warmer than lukewarm, and is best in relaxing the pores of the skin. It also makes cleaning the face easier. Hot water is a natural exfoliator. If one has dry skin, hot water is an enemy that may cause aggravation, especially on the forehead.

Using of mild facial cleanser may also help in maintaining the water content of the skin, especially in the face. Soaps usually contain sodium lauryl sulphate that dries up the skin's moisture. It is also important to note that fragrance-free cleansers are better than perfumed ones. The latter commonly contains alcohol, which quickly dehydrates the skin. If possible, one should choose facial wash that contains ceramides. This locks in the moisture and makes the skin soft and hydrated. After washing, never rub the face with a towel; just pat it dry.

Dry and Flaky Skin on Forehead and Face
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Instead of water, one may also consider washing the face with milk. Milk contains double ingredients that both cleanses and protects. Lactic acid in milk naturally cleanses the skin while the lipid content supplies the natural oil the skin needs to stay moisturized.

To keep showers and baths from causing dry skin, make sure to keep the bathroom door closed and to limit your bath or shower time to about five to ten minutes.

Use milk to cleanse as well as naturally moisturize your skin. You can dip a baby washcloth in a bowl filled with cold water, and then drape it over your face. Leave it on for about ten minutes to allow the milk to get rid of oil and dirt, infuse moisture, remove dead skin, and reduce redness. Choose whole milk or two-percent milk to ensure that your facial skin looks rehydrated, soft, and plump. You can do the milk cleansing method twice or thrice a week to give your skin a break from your usual cleanser. (Makeup cannot be removed by milk though, so make sure to remove all traces of makeup before cleansing your face with this method.)

You might give the oil facial cleansing method a try when washing your face before bedtime. This method is able to remove sweat, dirt, and makeup from your face without drying it out. The oil you use will attract the oils sitting on the surface of the skin as well. You can make a cleansing oil blend using argan oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil – all are effective, non-drying, and suitable for the four skin types. To combat oily spots, you might infuse the blend with a bit of castor oil. After splashing your face with warm water, rub the oil mixture all over with clean fingers and then gently wipe off with circular strokes using a washcloth dipped in warm water. After rinsing your face with some warm water, pat it dry using a soft towel.

When patting your skin dry, do so for only up to twenty seconds to keep potential irritation down to a minimum. Use a soft, water-absorbing cloth such as terry cloth. You will know that your face is sufficiently pat-dried if it feels moist (although not dripping wet).

It is not enough to just wash the face; a good moisturizer can boost the water content of the skin. Apply liberal amounts to the face, especially the dry skin on the forehead.

Petroleum jelly or glycerine can help make skin supple and less irritated. Just apply it directly to the affected area for ten minutes, and then wash thoroughly. This can be done twice a week if necessary.

Another means of moisturizing the skin is face cream. Including this in one's daily makeup regimen can prevent a lot of regrets later on. Choose creams that are fragrance and alcohol-free.

You may pick one that contains glycerin, ceramides, stearic acid, or shea butter, which will aid in replacing the skin's moisture-retaining, outer protective layer. Creams with high pH level also protect the skin from prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Make sure to apply your facial moisturizer right after cleansing. This will ensure that the skin retains a little moisture that the moisturizer will also trap. Just remember to choose a moisturizer that is alcohol-free. Alcohol is a drying ingredient – using it on your dry facial skin will only make matters worse. Pass up on moisturizers with too many ingredients that end in "-ohol."

You might consider using petroleum jelly to moisturize as well as protect your skin. Cover the spots on your face that easily dry out with a thin coating to lock in moisture; let sit for ten minutes and then wash off. Do this every time you need to step outside to the harsh and drying air during the winter. For the rest of the year, you can do this twice a week.

Try making your own deep moisturizing facial mask using natural ingredients. You can combine one tablespoon each of olive oil and honey with one smashed banana; one tablespoon each of grapeseed oil and honey with one smashed avocado; or one tablespoon each of milk, honey, and grapeseed oil. Smooth the mixture over your cleansed face, let sit for fifteen minutes, and rinse off with some warm water.

Aloe has natural soothing, hydrating, and anti-inflammatory properties that will benefit dry facial skin. You can just break open an aloe leaf, remove the sap inside, and apply it on your cleansed face. Let the aloe sit for about fifteen minutes before rinsing off with warm water. You can use the aloe face mask every week to help keep dry facial skin at bay.

Occasionally do an egg facial. Simply whip a couple of egg whites and then apply on your face. Let the egg white mask sit for ten minutes before washing it off. Repeat the process with egg yolks, and then gently pat your face dry before applying your favorite moisturizer.

When it comes to fighting off dry skin on forehead and face, it is important that your makeup routine is scrutinized. Your makeup may contain ingredients that contribute to your problems with dry skin. It may be best for you to wear no makeup at all. If you feel that you cannot go without it, you can try using oil-based cosmetics that do not have harsh ingredients (like alcohol) in them. Make sure to choose makeup made with all-natural ingredients such as almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter. These items help in nourishing your skin as well as keeping it from drying out.

Cover your face whenever you have to go out. It is also important that you always protect your face from the sun's harsh UV rays with sunscreen. During cold and dry winter days, you can cover your face's lower half with a scarf before heading outside.

Most dry facial skin problems can actually be attributed to sun damage. This is the reason you should never forget to apply an SPF 30 sunscreen product all throughout the year. If you worry about covering your face with heavy sunscreens, you can use a facial lotion instead (make sure it has its own SPF). Do not forget to protect your lips as well; you can use a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or more.

Winter months are notorious for sucking moisture from the skin on your forehead and face. Consider wearing a hat or scarf as well as a mask – this will allow you to protect your face from winter's harsh air.

Consider running a humidifier. This will greatly help in preventing dry air from drying out your skin on the forehead and face. You can turn on your bedroom humidifier during nighttime to keep the air from getting too dry. This is also a good way for you to infuse additional moisture onto your facial skin, which helps prevent it from shedding too quickly and flaking in the morning. Keep in mind that keeping your bedroom's humidity at fifty percent is ideal. (Alternatively, you can place a bamboo fern, Boston palm, Ficus alii, or another kind of naturally humidifying plant inside your bedroom. Placing a container of water beside the radiator works effectively as well in keeping your bedroom somewhat humid.)

Preventing dry skin problems on the forehead and face becomes easier and more effective when you take steps to keep your body healthy on the inside as well as on the outside. The foods you eat greatly affect how your skin appears. Healthy eating habits are essential in keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing. Make sure to drink lots of water; your skin's appearance can easily give away the fact that you may be dehydrated. It is also important that you avoid smoking, drinking alcohol excessively, and taking drugs. These vices greatly impact your skin, making it look dry and older. For healthier skin, it is best to do away with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

Ensure that your body gets the vitamins and healthy fats it needs for healthy skin by eating fish, which are also rich in skin-friendly omega-3 fats. Good choices of skin-nourishing fish include salmon, mackerel, anchovies, herring, rainbow trout, and sardines. The healthy fats they contain have the ability to strengthen your skin cells as well as protect your skin from damage due to the sun's rays, reduce inflammation, and protect it against skin cancer. Some fish contain selenium, a trace mineral that helps preserve the skin's elastin, resulting in supple and smooth skin.

Besides fish, omega-3 fats can also be found in high amounts in fish oil. Your body needs these healthy fats to enable the skin as well as other organs to function properly. Omega-3s are have also been found to help the heart as well as the vascular system work optimally, allowing them to circulate blood (plus the nutrients it carries) to all cells, especially in the skin. Your skin will also benefit from less inflammation with the consumption of fish oil, since it also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Olive oil (extra virgin) is another good source of healthy fats and vitamin E, which can moisturize your skin when eaten as well as applied topically. Meanwhile, vitamins E and C can be found in high amounts in avocados, which is why the fruit is effective in locking moisture into the skin. 735

Another great way of hydrating and protecting your skin is by eating fruits, especially water-dense tropical ones. High amounts of antioxidants as well as vitamins C and A can be found in most fruits. Rhese help in replenishing skin nutrients, promoting the production of collagen, and maintaining your skin's firmness and suppleness.

Seeds and nuts are also your go-to sources for antioxidants, vitamins E, A, and B, minerals, omega-3s, and monounsaturated fats. These nutrients have the ability to promote skin hydration, skin elasticity, and cell regeneration, as well as provide protection against free radicals and pollutants.

Yellow and orange vegetables are good sources of beta-carotene, another nutrient that has skin health-promoting properties. Beta-carotene is a form of antioxidant, enabling it to help in fighting dry skin on the forehead and face, and protecting your skin form the sun's harmful rays. Most yellow and orange veggies are also rich in vitamins C and A, both of which aid the body in repairing tissues as well as producing collagen.

Dark and leafy green vegetables, like spinach, are rich sources of vitamins E, A, and B as well as iron and omega-4s. These aid in protecting the skin and giving your immune system a boost. Dark, leafy greens also contain folates and phytochemicals that help in hydrating the skin and keeping it healthy.

Protein is needed by the body in the regeneration of cells, and this nutrient can be found in high amounts in eggs. Eggs are also rich in lutein and sulfer, which help improve your skin's elasticity and hydration. You can also use eggs topically to hydrate your dry skin on the forehead and face: Simply separate the egg whites and whip until frothy, apply the egg mask to your face and neck, and then rinse using warm water.

If after all these easy treatments, the dry and flaky skin is still there, one may consider talking with a dermatologist to determine the cause. This might be a prelude to a more complex skin problem.

Inflamed and flaking skin is called dermatitis, and could be due to several factors. The following are the most usual skin problems and some possible treatments.

Skin Problems and Treatment

Skin Problem
Description and Treatment
Contact Dermatitis
• This can usually be found on the forehead area. • The skin flakes and dries due to contact with hats and headbands. • Hair products can also irritate the forehead, especially for those with bangs. • Letting the skin of the forehead be exposed to the sun once in a while is the key. One may also avoid prolonged use of head outfits.
Eczema
• These are dry, flaky patches on the skin, usually found on any part of the body aside from the face. • People living in dry climates and cities are prone to this. • Like simple dryness and irritation of the skin, eczema can also be caused by several factors like stress and food. • Treatment of this is focused on healing the skin and lessening the symptoms.
Psoriasis
• This is a chronic condition where skin develops into silvery scales. • In psoriasis, the skin cells mature about five times faster than normal, causing the dead cells to pile up and flake. • This usually affects patients aged 11 to 45. • Although incurable, those who suffer this condition may use topical treatments like ointments and salicylic acid.
Seborrheic Dermatitis
• This is a common skin condition that mainly affects the scalp, causing scaly patches and stubborn dandruff. • The skin below the hairline and above the eyebrows are mostly affected by this. • Hormonal influences, according to doctors, may be the cause of this chronic disease. It usually affects persons in the post-puberty stage. • Treating this is easy. Hygiene plays a major role. For serious cases, doctors suggest use of antifungal creams.
Skin Problems and Treatment

Contact Dermatitis

  • Other possible causes of contact dermatitis are soaps, fragrances, cosmetics, plants (like poison oak or poison ivy), and jewelry. Other individuals get contact dermatitis at work after being exposed to certain substances.
  • Contact dermatitis signs and symptoms include red bumps or rash; mild to severe itching; dry, scaly, and cracked skin (if your contact dermatitis is chronic); crusting, blisters, and draining fluid (if you have a severe reaction); and tenderness, burning, or swelling.
  • Keep reaction-causing substances from getting in contact with your skin. If you get contact dermatitis from jewelry, you can protect your skin from the metal by painting the inside of your bracelet with a coat of clear nail polish or line it with some clear tape.
  • Cover the affected area with calamine lotion or some anti-itch cream. You can also try applying cool, wet compresses on it throughout the day.
  • Keep yourself from scratching at the affected are. Make sure to trim your nails and cover your moisturized hands with gloves. Do not forget to keep applying moisturizers several times a day.
  • Treat yourself to a cool bath soak. You can sprinkle the bath water with oatmeal or baking soda.
  • To help avoid irritating your skin, wear smooth-textured clothing made of cotton.
  • Use only mild, dye-free and fragrance-free soaps when cleansing your skin. Rinse completely before patting your skin dry and then putting on some moisturizer.

Eczema

  • Eczema (or atopic dermatitis), which may come with hay fever or asthma, usually affects children, although the condition is known to occur in adulthood as well. This is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by periodical flare-then-subside episodes.
  • Signs and symptoms of eczema are different in each person. They may include: Mild to severe itching, particularly at nighttime; raw, swollen, sensitive skin due to scratching; patches on the face and scalp (in infants), eyelids, neck, upper chest, inside the elbows and knees, hands, wrists, ankles, and feet that are colored red or brownish-gray; dry, scaly, cracked, and thickened skin; and small fluid-leaking, raised bumps that crust over when you scratch it.
  • No one knows exactly what causes an individual to have eczema. It is known though, that skin has to be healthy for it to be able to retain moisture as well as fight bacteria, allergens, and irritants. A combination of several factors likely cause eczema to occur: Less effective skin barrier function as a result of having dry, irritable skin; dysfunction of the immune system; affected skin barrier function due to a gene variation; Staphylococcus aureus or another type of bacteria that compromise sweat gland function with the film it creates on the skin; and certain environmental conditions.
  • Consider taking an anti-itch or oral allergy medication.
  • Give bleach baths a try, which help in reducing the bacteria on your skin as well as any related infections. You can fill the bathtub with forty gallons of warm water and then add one-half cup of household bleach. Soak the areas of your skin affected with eczema for ten minutes before rinsing, patting dry, and moisturizing. You may take your bleach baths twice or thrice per week.
  • Apply the eczema- affected area of your skin with calamine lotion or anti-itch cream. Make sure to do so prior to moisturizing. Once your eczema is held, you can then do use the lotion or cream less frequently for preventing flare-ups.
  • Make sure your skin is moisturized at a minimum of twice per day. Apply moisturizer on the skin while it is still damp after your shower or bath.
  • Avoid scratching your eczema-affected areas. If scratching is inevitable, you can trim your nails and then cover them with gloves, especially during nighttime.
  • Soothe the affected area with cool, wet compresses. You can then use dressings and bandages to cover and protect them from being scratched.
  • A warm bath is great for relieving eczema. You can sprinkle uncooked oatmeal or baking soda to the bath water before soaking for about ten to fifteen minutes. Once done, pat your skin dry and then apply moisturizers and/or medicated lotions.
  • It is best to use mild soaps that are made without perfumes or dyes. Rinse completely afterwards.
  • To prevent dry, hot indoor air from parching your sensitive skin as well as causing all that itching and flaking to get worse, try using a humidifier.
  • It also helps to wear cool clothing made of smooth-textured cotton to help reduce irritation.

Psoriasis

  • Signs and symptoms of this condition differ in each individual affected, which may include: Red skin patches (may range from dandruff-like scaling covering a few spots to big eruptions covering large areas) encased in silvery scales; soreness, burning, or itching; small scaling spots (in children); stiff, swollen joints; and ridged, thick, or pitted nails.
  • Most individuals with psoriasis experience the symptoms in cycles, which may flare for weeks or months before subsiding or going into remission.
  • Although it is not yet fully known what exactly causes psoriasis, it is believed to be linked to immune system issues.
  • This skin condition can get worse when triggered by any of the following factors: Stress; strep throat, skin infections, or any other types of infection; cuts, scrapes, severe sunburn, bug bites, or other forms of skin injury; excessive consumption of alcohol; smoking; cold weather; lithium (for bipolar disorder), beta blockers (for high blood pressure), iodides, anti-malaria drugs, and other medications.
  • Ensure taking daily baths to help calm your inflamed skin as well as remove any scales. You may add colloidal oatmeal, Epsom/Dead Sea salts, or bath oils to your bath before soaking. Make sure to steer clear of harsh soaps and hot water to avoid worsening of your psoriasis symptoms. Instead, use oil- and fat-enriched mild soap and lukewarm water.
  • Do not forget to use a moisturizer after bathing. Blot your wet skin and apply a thick, ointment-based moisturizer right away. If your skin is extremely dry, you might consider using oils since they are more easily retained by your skin compared to lotions or creams, and do a better job of keeping water on your skin from evaporating. You can apply your moisturizer throughout the day, especially during cold and dry weather.
  • Allow your skin to get exposed to sunlight in small amounts. Controlled amounts of light from the sun is effective in significantly improving skin lesions; make sure not to get too much sun though, as that can worsen your symptoms as well as make you more likely to have skin cancer. Remember to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above on your unaffected areas; make sure to apply the sunscreen generously and to reapply after perspiring or swimming (every two hours is ideal).
  • Do your best to avoid your psoriasis triggers.
  • Stay away from alcoholic drinks, which can reduce the effectiveness of certain treatments for this condition.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

  • This condition is not contagious and is not an indicator of poor hygiene, but it still makes the affected individual feel embarrassed and uncomfortable.
  • Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include the following: Red skin; stinging or itching; dandruff on hair, scalp, eyebrows, or mustache/beard; greasy skin patches with yellow/white scales or crust on the face, scalp, ears, chest, armpits, and other body parts; and blepharitis (crusting or redness of eyelids).
  • This skin condition's exact cause is not yet known, although it is thought to be linked to: Malassezia (fungus) present in skin secretions; early spring or winter season; and psoriasis-related inflammatory response.
  • Use olive oil or mineral oil to soften scales on your hair and scalp. Remove the scales after one hour, brush your hair, and then wash gently.
  • Make sure your skin is cleansed regularly with mild soap. Rinse all soap traces off your scalp and body. Use moisturizers as well as an antifungal cream or mild corticosteroid cream afterwards.
  • Never use alcohol-containing products, which tend to cause seborrheic dermatitis flare-ups.
  • For less irritation and more air circulation on your skin, go for cotton clothes that have a smooth texture. Shave off an existing mustache or beard, which can only cause symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis to worsen.
  • Never scratch an itch, which leads to more irritation and higher risk of infection. To relieve itching, you can always apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream.
  • Make sure to gently wash your eyelids with baby shampoo every night. This will effectively wash your affected eyelids without further irritating them, especially if they show signs or scaling or redness. You can also try using hot or warm compresses.
  • When washing your baby's scalp, use a non-medicated baby shampoo. Do this once a day if your baby has cradle cap. Use a small brush with soft bristles to loosen any scale gently prior to rinsing your baby's scalp.

Dryness of skin can be very annoying, but proper hygiene, diet, and awareness are the keys. There is no substitute for a clean body. Eating healthy and living healthy may also help avoid the most unsightly of dandruffs, facial or otherwise. Of course, being conscious of the products that one is using is never detrimental. It is always best to be cautious rather than sorry in the end.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I often suffer from dry skin on the forehead and chin areas. This hub was very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Clair R 7 months ago

      Hey!

      Thanks for telling us about skin problems and treatment. Every one gone through different skin problem you gives the best for everyone problem.This hub is very informative. Keep posting these type of articles.

      Thanks

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      deniselopez45 6 weeks ago

      I have extremely dry skin and suffer from patches of eczema on my fingers and I have found that foderma serum definitely helps soothe when used regularly. I also have issues with my hands cutting and splitting. I don't find this helps much with that aspect, but I would recommend overall.

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      Lori Colbo 5 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have red scaly skit on the bridge of my nose spreading out a bit. No itching or discomfort but it's unsightly. I'm wondering if it happens from wearing glasses.

      The bleach bath thing sounds very unsafe.

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