Dry Skin Spots
Almost all of us have suffered from dry skin spots at one time or another. Not only can they be uncomfortable and sometimes itchy or irritated, they can make us feel self conscious and embarrassed.
There are several reasons why this might happen to our skin, so let’s go over those causes. We’ll also include some remedies and then cover the best natural plant derived ingredients to combat dry skin spots.
Possible Causes of Dry Skin Spots & Remedy Suggestions
Overuse of Harsh Soaps and Detergents. Harsh detergents and soaps can strip the natural oils and invisible protective layer from our skin, not only leaving it vulnerable, but also causing the skin to reacted adversely. We often forget, but our skin is a living organ that requires certain conditions to function in a healthy way. If you feel that your skin is suffering from the effects of harsh detergents and soaps, give your skin a break entirely from any cleansers or products for a couple of days and only consider using a simple means of hydration, like pure aloe or a light layer of jojoba oil.
Rosacea. This is a common skin condition that can come and go in cycles, and can be triggered by a number of things, like: spicy, foods, hot drinks, cinnamon, chocolate, citrus or tomatoes. Avoiding these foods as well as alcohol, and direct sunlight, is a great way to lessen the blow of an outbreak.
Shower or Bath Water that is Too Hot. Water that is too hot can not only adversely effect the skin by scalding the surface, can also strip the skin of essential natural conditions that support a healthy skin environment, and cause dry skin spots. It's always best to bathe or shower with water that is warm but not too hot.
Keratosis Pilaris. This skin ailment is fairly common and harmless, and is often affectionately referred to as KP. KP can be managed with the right ingredients and products, but there is no cure. Often, KP disappears after the age of 30. Keratosis Pilaris is a build up of keratin, a hard protein on the skin, creating hard bumps of roughness. Regularly exfoliating can really help ward off the appearance of KP bumps, as well as some very helpful ingredients, like coconut oil, which contains lauric acid (great for gently removing cell build up). Other ingredients options that have been known to help: apple cider vinegar, yogurt, and olive oil.
Razor Bumps. Razor bumps are ingrown hairs, stuck underneath the skin, forcing the hair to grow inside the follicle thus creating an irritated bump. You can help prevent these by keeping pores and hair follicles clear in between shavings. Using exfoliating creams or treatments, as well as a exfoliating skin daily in those trouble spots to help keep them clear and free of the formation of more razor bumps.
Contact Dermatitis. This is caused by your skin coming in contact with an irritant, just as the name suggests. The cause of contact dermatitis can range widely, from coming in contact with latex, nickel, poison ivy or poison oak, or perhaps a solvent - like drain cleaner, detergent, bleach or various types of fuel. To treat, cleanse the area thoroughly with warm water and mild soap, consider adding a protective layer of coconut butter or shea, and also consider taking an oral antihistamine, which can help alleviate the symptoms significantly.
Atopic Dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is fairly common and usually develops in early childhood. It is more common in people who have a family history of the condition. Some other symptoms might accompany atopic dermatitis, like asthma or hay fever. Some measures can be taken to prevent outbreaks and lessen the impact of the outbreak itself. Keeping skin clean and moisturized, not using hot water to taking long showers, taking a periodic bleach bath, and avoiding certain foods, like hot drinks, alcohol, and chocolate.
Optimal Natural Ingredients for Dry Skin Spots
Aloe. Using aloe can bring on significant relief and healing. Use an aloe product that does not contain harsh chemicals or preservative, as some do.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Diluted apple cider vinegar can help restore moisturize levels to dry skin red spots. Adding a small amount to your bath is highly beneficial.
Chamomile. Using chamomile for dry skin red spots can help alleviate and heal the skin, while providing some important anti-inflammatory qualities.
Coconut Oil. It's true that coconut oil has earned the reputation for being somewhat of a "cure all", and for the most part it is true. Using coconut oil on dry skin red spots can help hydrate, soften, and ward off infection because of it's anti-inflammatory qualities.
Epsom or Dead Sea Salt. Using Epsom or Dead Sea salt on dry skin red spots can help heal and protect. Magnesium, an ingredient in Epsom and Dead Sea salt, has the ability to strengthen the lipid barrier of your skin. This is a great addition to add to your bath when you're looking for some additional relief.
Oatmeal. Studies have shown that extracts from oatmeal have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Oatmeal has been a long standing remedy for dry, irritated skin, and for good reason. You can make your own salve by mixing oats with coconut oil or a combination of some of the ingredients we've listed here.
Tea Tree Oil. Using tea tree oil has been shown to heal dry skin red spots and irritated skin in general. It's healing ability is well known, and it can alleviate itching and irritation.
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Dry skin spots can make us all feel self conscious and uncomfortable. With the right diagnosis and changes, we can overcome this common skin problem and have more hydrated, spot free skin.