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Ichthyosis Vulgaris Tips

Dry Skin - How You Should Take Care Of It?

Dr. Nitin Jain 90% (248 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Dry Skin - How You Should Take Care Of It?

Dry skin occurs when your skin lacks the necessary moisture it requires. It tends to make your skin flaky, itchy and sometimes causing red patches especially on your legs, back, arms, or waist. These are the areas we usually forget to moisturize and we tend to concentrate more on our face and hands. Dry skin is usually the result of frequent bathing, use of soaps which are harsh for your skin. Scratching an itchy patch too much will eventually draw blood and might even result in a permanent scar.

However, there are lots of remedies for dry skin, which will help you restore the natural oils of your skin and make your skin glow.

1. A hot water bath is a strict no for your dry skin: Hot showers tend to remove your body of its natural oil, which is essential to keep your skin moisturized and smooth. A warm shower should last no longer than 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards, gently pat your skin dry with a towel and immediately slather on the moisturizer.

2. Do not use harsh soaps: Wash your body with a soapless cleanser when you take a bath. Skin care experts recommend a cleanser that contains ceramides. Ceramides are fatty molecules that help the skin to hold moisture.

3. Use sunscreen with good SPF: One of the main causes of dry and itchy skin is sun damage. To prevent sun damage, use of sunscreen with a good amount of SPF is essential for your skin. If you're planning to stay out in the sun for more than 15 minutes, make sure you use a sunscreen with SPF 30. There are many moisturizers which have a good amount of SPF.

4. Moisturize your skin daily: Use moisturizers, which contain ceramides, shea butter and glycerin. Moisturizing your skin daily can easily prevent dry skin. Apply a good moisturizer immediately after taking a shower to trap in the moisture.

5. Use a face mask: A honey and oatmeal face mask can be used as an exfoliating scrub. Mix together 2 tablespoons of oats with a tablespoon of honey. Spread the mask over your face, keep it for 15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

9 Tips You Must Follow To Prevent Dry & Itchy Skin!

Dr. Hema Sushrut Fulare 93% (49 ratings)
MBBS, DDV, IMCAS
Dermatologist, Nagpur
9 Tips You Must Follow To Prevent Dry & Itchy Skin!

Are you suffering from dry, stretched, itchy or flaky skin? Remember dry skin look older than oily skin, as they show fine lines and wrinkles faster. They also flake, crack and bleed easily. Read on for 10 super easy steps recommended by dermatologists to soothe dry skin

Prevent hot baths and showers which dehydrate skin further. Do these instead for dry skin

  1. Use warm water
  2. Don’t shower for more than 5 minutes
  3. Wash with a gentle and fragrance-free soap
  4. Don’t apply too much soap so that it whips up a thick lather
  5. Don’t rub your skin dry with a towel

Post bath routine

  1. Slather on a rich moisturiser after drying your skin: Moisturisers trap extra moisture in your skin so the right time to use them is immediately after drying yourself with a towel. It’s better to use ointments and creams as these are more effective than lotions. Creams with olive and jojoba oil, Shea butter, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum jelly all are good. If the skin on your hand is extra dry and feels stretched then it’s a good idea to carry a non-greasy hand cream with you. Apply it to each washing hands immediately to relieve dry skin.
  2. Use only unscented skin care products: Shun harsh skin products which strip natural oils from skin like-
    • Deodorant soaps
    • Skin care products that contain fragrances, alcohol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
  3. Wear gloves when washing utensils: This will prevent dry skin on hands. All you have to do is wear latex gloves before you start washing clothes and utensils.
  4. Choose laundry detergent with care: Laundry detergents should be chosen with care as they can irritate skin. Go for detergents labelled “hypoallergenic”.
  5. Avoid toasting yourself by the fireplace or other heat sources in winters: Remember heat is drying. So limit your time in front of a hot stove or fireplace.
  6. Use humidifiers to add moisture to indoor air: Use of humidifier will help prevent excessive drying of skin.
  7. Use milk on skin: Milk is packed with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can fight dry and itchy skin. The lactic acid in milk also exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the capacity of your skin to retain moisture.
  8. Honey: Honey is one of the best natural moisturisers. It comes loaded with antioxidants and antimicrobials.
  9. Yogurt: Yogurt is a skin-hydrating agent par excellence. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe dry and itchy skin.


If these things don’t work in alleviating skin dryness, you may require a prescription cream, so see a dermatologist.

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Erythrasma in Adults - How It Can Be Treated?

Dr. Manju Keshari 90% (54 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Ghaziabad
Erythrasma in Adults - How It Can Be Treated?

Are you noticing brown, scaly patches developing on your skin? Do you feel an itching sensation in the affected areas? These symptoms may indicate Erythrasma, a skin disease caused by the Gram-positive bacterium called Corynebacterium minutissimum. This type of skin disease is more common among diabetic patients and people suffering from obesity. This condition is likely to affect people living in warm climates. The border of an erythrasma infected area is very well defined. A sharp, contrasting border is present between the erythrasma affected area and the normal skin. The infection is most likely to develop in the folds of skin such as in the groin and inner thigh region, under the arms, in the crevice of buttocks, in the folds under breasts and also in between toes.

Symptoms
The common symptoms of erythrasma are as follows:

  1. The skin becomes dry and pink.
  2. Reddish brown scaly patches develop.
  3. Headaches, weight gain and fatigue are likely.
  4. Abdominal, chest and joint pain may accompany a urinary tract pain.

Treatment
By closely observing the affected area, erythrasma can be detected or diagnosed by any physician. In some cases, a Wood’s lamp may be utilized. This device emits UV light on the skin, helping the doctor to examine the skin condition. Some areas are scraped with a tiny blade by the doctor to collect samples. These samples are then tested in the laboratory for a detailed diagnosis.

In adults, erythrasma can be cured by applying several methods and techniques. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Scrub the patches on your skin using an anti-bacterial soap. This willreduce the infection and help in curing the rash.
  2. Use gels and oral medication,as prescribed by yourdoctor.
  3. Apply topical antibiotic lotions to the affected area for quick and efficient healing.
  4. Use a solution of aluminum chloride, which will helpin the inhibition of moisture and sweat.
  5. A special ointment made of benzoic acidand salicylic acid is effective.
  6. Use of certain oral antibiotics are also considered efficacious.

The medicines aim at eliminating the infection and preventing the recurrence or development of more complications. Antibacterial products help in eliminating the bacteria.
Photodynamic therapyusing red light can also be used to cure erythrasma. This therapy also treats rashes.

Prevention
For the prevention of erythrasma, you should:

  1. Maintain proper weight and proper hygiene
  2. Avoid excessive heat and moisture
  3. Use antibacterial soaps
  4. Use erythromycin gel
  5. Use antibiotics when the infection is severe

With proper treatment, erythrasma can be totally cured. It is recommended that you visit a doctor for the best diagnosis and for knowing about the most effective treatment methods.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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When Dry Penis Skin Is Due to Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Dr. Vinod Raina 87% (4870 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
When Dry Penis Skin Is Due to Ichthyosis Vulgaris

When Dry Penis Skin Is Due to Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Penis skin is very delicate, which may be surprising considering the amount of friction and action it must endure. Its tone and elasticity help protect it from damage caused by sexual activity, but the skin itself can be prone to any number of penis health issues, and dry penis skin is certainly one of the most common complaints. Dry penis skin can be caused by a wide variety of factors; one which many people are unaware of is a medical condition known as ichthyosis vulgaris.

Ichthyosis vulgaris

The name ichthyosis vulgaris is certainly offputting. "Ichthyosis" is a term that refers to a whole family of skin conditions, many of which are extremely rare. Ichthyosis vulgaris is one of the five main forms of ichythosis - and fortunately, it's one of the milder forms. It's also one of the more common forms ("vulgaris" in fact, means "common" in Latin); about 1 in every 300 people are affected by it.

So what is it, exactly? Ichthyosis vulgaris is a condition in which skin cells do not behave as they are supposed to. The skin cells start out the way they should, but when they get to the uppermost layer of the skin, the cells aren't able to separate properly. This causes several layers of skin cells to build up over each other, creating a "scaly" look to the affected area. The scales have a fine, pale look to them.

Although it's possible to have this scaling effect over many different parts of the body, it's usually confined to one area. The lower legs are the most commonly affected, but other parts of the body can also be a target - including the penis and the area around it.

Cause

Ichthyosis vulgaris is a genetic disorder. People who contract it are born with a genetic predisposition, marked by the presence of too little profilaggrin, a protein that is needed in the epidermis. How severe the condition is depends upon how little profilaggrin the body can naturally produce.

Often this form of skin disorder appears early on in childhood, but it may not appear until much later. In some cases, the skin effects are fairly mild, and it is often diagnosed as dermatitis or another common skin condition.

For many people ichthyosis vulgaris can vary, often becoming much better in the summer or in certain climates. And in many cases, it disappears as a person ages.

Dry penis skin

When dry penis skin is caused by ichthyosis vulgaris, it requires the same treatment as when found on other parts of the body. Special moisturizing ingredients may be recommended to ease the dryness. In addition, a person with ichthyosis vulgaris needs to make sure they stay well hydrated, which in turn keeps the skin more hydrated; drinking a healthy amount of water each day is recommended. They should also be sure to use mild soaps on their skin and mild detergent when doing the laundry; the presence of harsh chemicals or fragrances can exacerbate the problem.

Dry penis skin, due to ichythosis vulgaris or other causes, will respond to treatment more effectively if the skin is in good health otherwise. Daily use of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can play an important role here. First, be sure to select a crème that includes a combination or potent moisturizing ingredients, such as a high-end emollient (like Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E). Second, keep the skin in even better shape by finding a crème with alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant. This will help to find and eliminate excess free radicals which, left unchecked, can wreak oxidative damage upon the penis skin.

When Dry Penis Skin Is Due to Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Dr. Vinod Raina 87% (4870 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
When Dry Penis Skin Is Due to Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Penis skin is very delicate, which may be surprising considering the amount of friction and action it must endure. Its tone and elasticity help protect it from damage caused by sexual activity, but the skin itself can be prone to any number of penis health issues, and dry penis skin is certainly one of the most common complaints. Dry penis skin can be caused by a wide variety of factors; one which many people are unaware of is a medical condition known as ichthyosis vulgaris.

Ichthyosis vulgaris

The name ichthyosis vulgaris is certainly offputting. "Ichthyosis" is a term that refers to a whole family of skin conditions, many of which are extremely rare. Ichthyosis vulgaris is one of the five main forms of ichythosis - and fortunately, it's one of the milder forms. It's also one of the more common forms ("vulgaris" in fact, means "common" in Latin); about 1 in every 300 people are affected by it.

So what is it, exactly? Ichthyosis vulgaris is a condition in which skin cells do not behave as they are supposed to. The skin cells start out the way they should, but when they get to the uppermost layer of the skin, the cells aren't able to separate properly. This causes several layers of skin cells to build up over each other, creating a "scaly" look to the affected area. The scales have a fine, pale look to them.

Although it's possible to have this scaling effect over many different parts of the body, it's usually confined to one area. The lower legs are the most commonly affected, but other parts of the body can also be a target - including the penis and the area around it.

Cause

Ichthyosis vulgaris is a genetic disorder. People who contract it are born with a genetic predisposition, marked by the presence of too little profilaggrin, a protein that is needed in the epidermis. How severe the condition is depends upon how little profilaggrin the body can naturally produce.

Often this form of skin disorder appears early on in childhood, but it may not appear until much later. In some cases, the skin effects are fairly mild, and it is often diagnosed as dermatitis or another common skin condition.

For many people ichthyosis vulgaris can vary, often becoming much better in the summer or in certain climates. And in many cases, it disappears as a person ages.

Dry penis skin

When dry penis skin is caused by ichthyosis vulgaris, it requires the same treatment as when found on other parts of the body. Special moisturizing ingredients may be recommended to ease the dryness. In addition, a person with ichthyosis vulgaris needs to make sure they stay well hydrated, which in turn keeps the skin more hydrated; drinking a healthy amount of water each day is recommended. They should also be sure to use mild soaps on their skin and mild detergent when doing the laundry; the presence of harsh chemicals or fragrances can exacerbate the problem.

Dry penis skin, due to ichythosis vulgaris or other causes, will respond to treatment more effectively if the skin is in good health otherwise. Daily use of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can play an important role here. First, be sure to select a crème that includes a combination or potent moisturizing ingredients, such as a high-end emollient (like Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E). Second, keep the skin in even better shape by finding a crème with alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant. This will help to find and eliminate excess free radicals which, left unchecked, can wreak oxidative damage upon the penis skin.

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Peeling and Dry Penis Skin: What It Means?

Dr. Vinod Raina 87% (4870 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Peeling and Dry Penis Skin: What It Means?


When a guy first notices that his penis skin is a bit dry, it's not uncommon for him to step up his penis care regimen and use a good penis health crème or moisturizer on a more regular basis than usual. But when that dry skin gets worse and turns into a peeling mess, or when the penis skin begins to get so dry that it turns red and irritated, a guy might start to wonder what kind of problem he has contracted from one of his recent partners. The good news is that in most cases, the reasons for peeling and dry penis skin are pretty simple and can be easily cured.

What causes peeling and dry penis skin?

There can be many reasons why the penis skin becomes so dry that it looks red, or that it seems to begin peeling and cracking. Here are a few of the most common culprits:

- Jock itch. That's right - old-fashioned jock itch might be the problem. For most men jock itch appears as a rash that spreads and causes unbelievable itching. But for some, the presentation of jock itch is much more subtle and can lead to skin that looks a little red, but doesn't have a truly discernable rash; it can also lead to skin that is extremely dry and begins to crack or peel. It might also have a scaly appearance, which can make a guy want to scratch and pick at it. The good news is that an antifungal crème can clear up the problem rather quickly. Doctors have plenty of experience with treating jock itch and can prescribe something that is just the right strength to battle the problem without leading to even worse dryness.

- Yeast infections. These infections are more common in women, but men can certainly develop them too, especially if there are underlying medical conditions that compromise their immune system. Yeast infections can lead to peeling and dry penis skin, but they can also lead to a thick discharge, painful urination, redness and inflammation, and of course, itching that just won't stop. Though over the counter medications are available for this, a man's first bout of it means he needs to go to the doctor and make certain that is what's going on before he chooses an over the counter product for treatment.

- Skin allergies. In some cases, skin allergies can go from almost non-existent to rather severe in the span of a few days. This might be the case if a man changes something in his day-to-day life, such as the shower cleanser he uses or the detergent he chooses for his clothing. Allergies to things that come into direct contact with the penis, such as latex condoms, might cause severe cracking, peeling and dryness.

- Skin conditions. Some conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, usually appear on other parts of the body, but they can show up on the penis. These conditions usually result in significant itching, as well as rashes or scales on the skin. Skin conditions like this need the help of a dermatologist to determine exactly what's going on and the appropriate treatments for the condition.

No matter what is causing the dry penis skin, it always helps to add more moisture to the skin. A powerful penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can assist in that endeavor. Look specifically for a crème that contains the double-punch of vitamin E and Shea butter. These exceptional moisturizers work synergistically to create the most supple, smooth penis skin any man could want.

How Best Can You Avoid Dry Skin?

Dr. Kanu Verma 89% (257 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
How Best Can You Avoid Dry Skin?

You are most likely to experience dry skin during winter because of the cold temperature, lack of sunlight and dry environment. The lack of moisture causes your skin to dry up, giving it a cracked, flaky and scaly texture. This season demands a careful skin care regimen, and here are some tips on how you can take care of your skin during the winters.

  1. Consult a specialist: You should visit a dermatologist for an analysis of your skin type. Based on this, your dermatologist will recommend a skin care regimen to be followed during the dry months. Using the prescribed skin care products will benefit your skin and prevent it from getting dry. Both high-priced and low-priced skin care products are effective in protecting your skin.
  2. Moisturise your skin: Your skin care routine and use of moisturisers have to change during the winter. You need to get a new moisturiser instead of the one you use during other seasons. You need an oil-based moisturiser instead of a water-based one. The oil will help in creating a protective layer on your skin surface, which helps in retaining moisture. You can use night creams which are mostly oil based. For your face, you need to apply moisturisers that contain non-clogging oils. This includes mineral oil, avocado oil, almond oil, or primrose oil. Lotions which contain humectants are also effective for winter skin care. You need to use foot lotions to avoid cracking of your feet and heels. Use lotions containing petroleum jelly and glycerine. You should undergo skin exfoliation to eliminate the dead skin from time to time. This will make the moisturisers and lotions to go deeper and be more effective.
  3. Apply sunscreen: Sunscreen is not just for the summer season. The winter sun can cause damage to your skin as well. Hence, you should apply sunscreen on your face and hands before going out on a winter day. If you need to stay outside for a long time, you must reapply the sunscreen.
  4. Wear gloves: The skin on the hands is thinner than other parts of the body and contains less oil glands. This implies that it is hard to keep your hands moist during the cold winter season. This might cause cracking and itchiness. To prevent this, wear gloves while venturing outside. In case you need to wear woolen gloves, wear cotton gloves first for avoiding any kind of irritation caused by the wool.
  5. Avoid wet gloves and socks: Wearing wet gloves and socks irritates the skin and leads to itching, sores, cracking, and may also lead to eczema. Keep your gloves and socks dry. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dry Skin - Why It Normally Happens?

Dr. Aanchal Sehrawat 89% (81 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology & Venerology & Leprosy (DDVL), DNB Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Dry Skin - Why It Normally Happens?

It is common for skin to get dry and the condition is marked by less than the required water in the epidermis (the topmost skin layer). Males and females are equally affected by it. With age, the incidences for having dry skin increases. Elderly people tend to have less amount of natural lubricants and oil in the skin. Areas like the hands, lower legs and arms are more prone to have dry skin. Atmospheric humidity also affects the dryness of skin. It is called xerosic dermatitis or xeroderma.

It might be temporary and mild and may last for some days. In some cases, it can become a severe long-term problem. Dry skin symptoms encompass itching, discomfort and skin tightness. Winters and dry, cold air also affects your skin and the result is dry skin.

Why it normally occurs?
Individuals who wash or sanitize their hands more often can experience a greater degree of dry skin.

  • Medications may also induce this condition.
  • The epidermis layer of the skin normally has protein and fat, which prevents dehydration in the skin. When the fatty oils in the skin are removed, the moisture and protection of the skin is lost. The skin becomes more sensitive and breakdowns easily when it gets dried. It might cause the skin to become powdered or may be invisible.
  • Red rash may appear if dry skin is left untreated. Simple treatment and prevention measures have been effective in dry skin treatment.
  • Avoid chemical cleansers and harsh soaps is an effective way to prevent dry skin. Moisturisers and bland emollient application on a regular basis have shown effectiveness for treating the condition.
  • Cellulitis, bacterial infections and eczema might be complications arising from dry skin. Thankfully, dry skin generally is mild and the remedies are easy.
  • Generalised winter itching is also called winter itch and can be seen commonly amongst older people. It is mainly caused due to dry skin.
  • People suffering from eczema may also experience winter itch.
  • Cold temperature and low humidity can make the dry skin worse in winters.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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When to Worry About Dry Penis Skin?

Dr. Vinod Raina 87% (4870 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
When to Worry About Dry Penis Skin?

When to Worry About Dry Penis Skin?

Every man is familiar with dry penis skin(DPS); sometimes, no matter how good the penis care a man practices, dry skin will happen. However, that proper penis care means that DPS should be quite rare indeed. But what does a man do when DPS becomes more than a fleeting problem? What happens when that dryness continues and becomes a discomfort?

Sometimes DPS means something more. Here's how to deal with DPS and the related penis problems that might occur.

What causes dry penis skin(DPS)?

The reasons for DPS are wide and varied, but they usually have the common factor of being easily treated. Some common causes include overuse, especially when masturbating without enough lubrication to make the going easy. On the other hand, using the wrong type of lube for the action can lead to problems with dryness as well, so it's best if a man takes his time to find the lube that works for him, and then applies it often during sexual activity.

Other causes include using a soap-based cleanser, which dries out the skin, as well as reaching for new products that might lead to an allergic reaction. Laundry detergents, spray deodorants, and even treatments for jock itch can eventually lead to very dry skin, thanks to these reactions. The use of condoms can lead to DPS as well, especially if a man's body doesn't agree with the spermicide inside most condoms.

When dry skin becomes a penis problem

But most of those cases can be solved by paying attention to moisturizing every day, including the use of a high-quality penis health crème. But what about situations that don't seem to respond to moisturizers, no matter how much a man uses?

Some dry skin issues require medical attention. This is especially true in the case of eczema or psoriasis; both skin conditions can cause terribly dry skin that is accompanied by pain, inflammation, itching and other penis problems. In addition, some sexually transmitted infections also produce very dry skin, and treatments for those must be obtained through a visit to the physician.

When a man is unsure of what is causing his excessively DPS, he should plan to go to the doctor if his moisturizing efforts don't result in smooth, supple skin.

How to treat dry penis skin?

After a doctor has cleared a man from any underlying medical conditions that could cause DPS, he must then figure out how to eradicate the problem. This means a great deal of moisturizing is in his future! A man should take care to use a cleanser that is specially formulated for penis skin, as well as examine his other household items, such as detergents for laundry. It might take some time to figure out what is causing the DPS.

He should make a point of using a good moisturizing crème after every shower. Those showers should be warm, but not hot - hot water leaches moisture from the skin. He should pat dry when he comes out of the shower and then apply the cream so as to "lock in" the moisture.

In addition, he should not be shy about using a great penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Two vital ingredients in the best crèmes are Shea butter, a high-end emollient, and vitamin E, a natural hydrator. When these are combined they can create a moisture lock of their own, holding in the skin's natural oils and helping combat excessive dryness. They also have the added bonus of healing the itch that often results from the worst of DPS episodes.

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Tip to Avoid Dry Skin

Dr. Amitoj Garg 92% (398 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mohali
Tip to Avoid Dry Skin

Being extremely sensitive to sun, wind and cold temperatures, dry skin needs extra care. Use a rich and creamy cleanser and warm water to wash your face daily.

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