Natural Treatments for Dry Skin

April 27th, 2011

By Beconrad

Dry skin can be a troubling condition, and for many of us it is all too common. While dry skin is especially prevalent during the winter months, when the air is dry and we are spending lots of time indoors, this condition can occur at any time of the year. Some people are troubled by dry and flaking skin only occasionally, while others live with the problem on a daily basis.

While there are all manner of oils, lotions and creams on sale at the local skin care store, in many cases dry skin can be treated naturally, without relying on harmful chemicals or artificial ingredients. In fact many dry skin conditions respond better to the natural approach, and it is a good idea for every dry skin sufferer to try these common natural treatments first.

?When considering natural treatments for dry skin, it is important to keep in mind that many of these conditions are in fact the result of vitamin deficiencies. In fact deficiencies of vitamin A and the B vitamin complex are often found to be the culprit, and a simple change of diet or supplementation with the needed vitamin is often enough to provide relief. Dry skin conditions can also be caused by an under-active thyroid gland, and it is important for dry skin sufferers to discuss their condition with their doctor. The doctor will be able to run the tests necessary to confirm or rule out thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies as a cause.

The way the skin is cared for can also have a profound impact on a dry skin problem. It is important, for instance, for dry skin sufferers to avoid hot water when taking showers and baths. It is also a good idea for those prone to dry skin to keep those showers and baths short. Lengthy baths and showers can reduce the amount of oil in the skin, exacerbating a dry skin problem. Adding bath oils and moisturizers to the bath can sometimes be effective as well.

Many people with dry skin problems also suffer from a problem with chapped lips, and it is a good idea to look for a natural treatment for that condition as well. Coconut oil can often be effective at treating chapped lips, and this oil is safe to use every day. When buying coconut oil to use on chapped lips, be sure to choose only natural oil, without excessive refining or processing.