No matter what type of skin you might have, or how good your skincare routine is, one thing no one can truly evade is dry skin. Sure, many of us are less susceptible to having dry skin than others, but during those harsh upstate New York Winters, and even for a time during the spring and fall – even those of us with the moistest skin are left with dry, cracking, flakes. And during the worst of times, severe dry skin can lead to wounds, cuts, sores and even worse. According to Dr. Eric Treiber, of Treiber Dermatology, considered the best dermatologist Rye has to offer, the biggest issue with dry skin is the effect it can have on other skin disorders. For someone with eczema or psoriasis, dry skin can only amplify the effects – leaving them itching and scratching nonstop, which you must know, will only make things even worse. Dry skin can even cause those with everyday skin issues like wrinkles, fine lines, or hyperpigmentation, are hurt by dry skin as it can only make their condition infinitely worse. In fact, when the skin dries, it begins to lose its water concentration. When it dips below 10%, this is the danger zone as it signified medically that the patient is suffering from severe dry skin. However, as the best dermatologist Rye has practicing, Dr. Eric Treiber uses some of most effective moisturization methods to help combat these effects and restore the skin’s hydration barrier preventing any future hydration losses. In order to do this, he has got to use specific products, containing three highly effective ingredients.Moisturizing Ingredients
At Treiber Dermatology, Dr. Treiber and his team include specific ingredients that work in conjunction to not only heal the damaged skin, but to create a protective layer and prevent any future damage as well. These ingredients are:Occlusives
Occlusive are ingredients which are able to create a protective border around the skin and prevent any further trans-epidermal water loss. Specific examples of occlusive products include petroleum jelly, Aquaphor, shea butter, mineral oil, coconut oil and more. These specialized occlusive sit on the skin’s surface, and slowly rebuild the outer protective layer and are able to instill a barrier preventing loss of any hydration in the future. These are highly effective, especially during the harsh winter months – however, they are often very thick and can get messy.Emollients
These ingredients are creams lotions and ointments which work by penetrating deep beyond the skin’s outer surface, into the inner layers. They can then bind with specialized proteins within the skin, like collagen, to fill in any gaps between cells and pull in any hydration available – ensuring that these inner skin cells hold as much moisture as possible.Humectants
The final ingredients are humectants; these work using an interesting method. Rather than relying on the existing moisture within the skin like emollients, they are able to pull in water molecules from the outside – even increasing the amount of water or moisture that each skin cell can hold! They are able to penetrate skin’s surface, whilst holding water from outside the body within. As the best dermatologist Rye has to offer, Dr. Eric Treiber other products which often contain high-level humectants as well. Powerful humectants include a number of naturally-occurring compounds like hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and even urea.
For more inftromation on treating dry skin or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Treiber Dermatology today.