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Dry Skin (Xeroderma)


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Dry skin (Xeroderma) can be a co-existing condition with rosacea. When treating rosacea with topicals or oral treatments, a common side effect is dry skin, and if one already has dry skin, this complicates and exacerbates the dry skin issue further. "Symptoms most associated with xeroderma are scaling (the visible peeling of the outer skin layer), itching, and skin cracking." Wikipedia

"Repeated application (typically over a few days) of emollients or skin lotions/creams to the affected area will likely result in quick alleviation of xeroderma. In particular, application of highly occlusive barriers to moisture, such as petrolatum, vegetable oils/butters, and mineral oil have been shown to provide excellent results. Many individuals find specific commercial skin creams and lotions (often comprising oils, butters, and or waxes emulsified in water) quite effective (although individual preferences and results vary among the wide array of commercially available creams)." Wikipedia

Skin Hydration Sensor (SHS) might be used to measure your skin moisture. 


The Merck Manual recommends the following: 

"Frequency of bathing should decrease and tepid, rather than hot, water should be used.

Skin moisturizers should be used frequently, particularly immediately after bathing, to decrease transepidermal water loss. Thicker moisturizers such as petrolatum- or oil-based moisturizers are more effective than water-based lotions, although water-based lotions may be better tolerated in warmer climates. Moisturizers with additives such as ceramides, alpha-glycolic acids (eg, lactic, glycolic, and pyruvic acids), and beta-glycolic acids (eg, salicylic acid) are very commonly used.

Increasing fluid intake and using humidifiers also help."
Xeroderma, Merck Manual

Women's Health has an article on treating dry skin using The Inkey List treatments and has this to say about the subject: 

"Dry skin needs – you guessed it – serious hydration."  

Adex Gel

The following four treatments are recommended: 

(1) Polyglutamic Acid [1]

(2) Squalane Oil [2]

(3) Rosehip Oil [3]

(4) Lactic Acid [4]

"Oral hydration is key but directly hydrating the skin with a solid moisturizer is just as important. You must pick a moisturizer based on your skin type. If you have dry skin use a cream with greater oil content." [5]

End Notes

[1] Polyglutamic Acid

THE INKEY LIST Polyglutamic Acid

Polyglutamic Acid Serum

[2] Squalane Oil

Amara Beauty Squalane Oil

The Ordinary 100% Plant-derived Squalane

[3] Rosehip Oil

Bvokey recommends rosehip oil for rosacea.

Eva Naturals Rosehip Seed Oil

Kate Blanc Rosehip Seed Oil

Leven Rose Rosehip Oil

Radha Rosehip Oil

Teddie Organics Rosehip Seed Essential Oil

The Inkey List Rosehip Oil

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

[4] Lactic Acid

The Inkey List Lactic Acid

Measurable Difference Lactic Acid Face Serum

[5] My skin is as dry as the Mojave, what do I do? 
By Dr. Ali Tehrani, For the Daily Press

Etcetera (Moisturizers)

There are a number of other moisturizers to consider in our affiliate store. You may also want to check our forum category on moisturizers

Coconut Oil for Rosacea (as a moisturizer)


*Image [The distribution of the bloodvessels in the skin of the sole of the foot. (Spalteholz.)] Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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