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The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face

by
author image Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face
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When you have extremely dry skin on your face, you may see flaking and experience itching. Age and environmental factors are often the cause of dry skin, and you can generally treat it at home. If your dry skin becomes a chronic problem, contact your doctor to rule out a medical condition, such as psoriasis. While treating your dry skin, steer clear of harsh soaps and makeup products because these can worsen the condition.

Step 1

The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face
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Use lukewarm water to wash your face. Hot water dries out your skin. Keep the skin’s natural oils in place by limiting the time you shower to under 15 minutes.

Step 2

The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face
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Choose a gentle face wash -- one that is specially formulated for dry skin.

Step 3

The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face
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Blot your face dry after cleansing. Blotting with a soft towel leave some moisture behind on the skin.

Step 4

The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face
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Apply a generous amount of an oil-based moisturizer to the skin immediately after washing your face. This traps the most moisture possible.

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Step 5

The Best Thing to Do for Extremely Dry Skin on Your Face
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Use a humidifier in your home or office to keep the air moist, especially in winter. Humidifiers can be installed as part of your central heating system or you can buy a stand-alone unit.

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