Shake the Flake: Treatment for Skin Dryness and Rashes

rhino-hide-1182854-638x425Psoriasis, dry and inflamed skin and other forms of skin rashes can range anywhere from a seasonal commonality to a severe skin condition.    Usually the inflammation of skin can occur anywhere on the body and involves alterations of skin texture resulting in flakiness and dryness. How do you know the difference between a simple inflammation, dryness or a rash?    Dry skin has no specific diagnosis and the general onset involves inflammation.  The color of dry skin is typically very close to the skin pigment of the normal skin but rashes typically possess different colors than your actual skin pigment. Since there is more variation in the types of rashes here’s a rundown of some of the most common and their distinguishing factors:

Eczema. There are many different cases of eczema.  The skin appears red and contains small blisters that contain clear liquid. When broken, these blisters ooze.  

Heat rash. Heat rashes develop in relatively hot and humid locations usually for victims that have experienced fever, those with an active lifestyle, newborns and those who spent a long time in incubators or other applications of heat for an extended period of time.

Ivy.  Commonly known as “poison ivy”, this rash can be caused by direct contact with plants, or indirect contact with something with previous contact with the plants (pet’s fur, tools, clothing, etc.).  Ivy rashes can also be transmitted airborne- when plants are being burned and the victim is near or in the surrounding area.  

How do we Treat and Prevent rashes and dry skin?

  1. Work from the inside out. Be sure to always stay hydrated if you are experiencing dry skin or rashes or have in the past.  At least eight glasses of water a day will help your skin retain hydration.  You need to also regulate your diet more closely as this is important when you experience a rash and especially if you have trouble discerning whether it’s just simply dry skin or a rash.  Your physician may be able to pinpoint any allergies you may have had leading to the onset of irritation or rashes.  If it is due to food allergies, be sure to start to include inflammation reducing products in your diet- foods such as: green tea, spinach, chamomile tea and other green leafy vegetables.
  2. Bathe with oatmeal.  Oatmeal has ingredients that have been used for generations for dry and irritated skin.  Oatmeal works to soothe any itchiness of your skin and restore any lost moisture.  Be sure that when you’re bathing to avoid extremely hot water and to use a gentle cleanser or soap that contains no fragrances.  After, follow up with a heavy, gentle moisturizer on the area of infection.  
  3. Power up on your vitamins A and E.  Vitamins A and E work to protect and revitalize skin to its core.  Find a daily moisturizer you can use that contains shea butter and is packed with Vitamins A and E.  Not only will this solution clear your dryness or rash, but it will also help improve the appearance of your complexion

If you are unsure about your self-diagnosis of your patch of abnormal skin, do not hesitate to seek out a dermatologist or a physician before pursuing a treatment plan. You don’t want to apply products or follow through with a treatment that may provoke your rash further.