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Cold weather causes dry skin

Cold weather causes dry skin

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ONALASKA, WI (WXOW) - The cold weather and dry air are certainly tough on your skin.  Health experts say skin becomes dry when it loses water or oil and that happens more often in the winter months because of the low-humidity outside and heat from furnaces inside. 

Dermatologists say the best way to treat dry skin is to use lots of lotion after showers or baths and they say to use unscented soaps. 

Mary Duh, a physician assistant in dermatology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska says, "After a shower, a lot of people complain about having that really dry, tight feeling to their skin and that has to do not necessarily with the water but the type of soap that's being used and so if you're not using the right kind of soap, it can dry out your skin further.  We usually recommend avoid using bar soaps in general because yeah they may be pure and simple but they don't have a lot of moisturizer components to them to help moisturize the skin so the soap will actually over dry the skin."

Duh also suggests to avoid taking hot showers but use warm water instead.

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