Dry Skin in Spring

In winter, it was understandable that the dry heat often cause dry skin. What may be the cause for dry skin in spring season?

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morfytasticCommented:
Possibly it could be humidity levels in the air rather than temperature although it could be nothing to do with weather. Skin irritations and eczema can be sometimes linked to allergies such as asthma, hay fever, gluten intolerance, so the hay fever link may well be a springtime occurance
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jet46Commented:
If there is low humidity, it can cause dry skin.  Even in spring, if there isn't much moisture in the air you are going to be dry.  Long showers or baths can cause dry skin because it washes away you skin oils.  Using the wrong soap or scrubbing to hard can cause dry skin.  Certain medical conditions can also cause dry skin.
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-Mystique-Commented:
There are many things that can cause or contribute to dry skin problems year-round.

One thing that can cause dry skin specifically in springtime is allergies.  

The article at this link gives good information on some common causes springtime allergies, symptoms & ways to deal with the problem.
http://hayfever-spring-allergies.suite101.com/article.cfm/managing-springtime-allergies-the-natural-way

Taking antihistamines, showering & changing clothes after being outside around plants, pollens & dust (after mowing the yard, for example) can greatly help minimize or prevent skin problems caused by common springtime pollens etc.

Another cause of springtime skin problems is hypersensitivity to the sun.
http://www.dermadoctor.com/article_Sun-Allergy_101.html
excerpt:
hypersensitivity to the sun, called Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE).
This condition is most commonly seen in parts of the world that have 4 seasons and it's most commonly triggered by springtime sun exposure. The rash only forms on sun-exposed parts of the body, usually 1 to 4 days after exposure. The sensitivity of the skin and the severity of the rash gradually lessen as spring changes into summer and the skin becomes adjusted to ultraviolet rays.


It's true that too long showers/baths or too frequent showers/baths can contribute to dry skin.  Whenever you bathe or shower, soap and water are removing natural body oils from your skin.  If the body doesn't have time to replace those oils before the oils are again removed by soap and water, then the result is overly dry skin.  In places such as Indiana, where the humidity is high, people usually do have to bathe or shower much more frequently in warmer weather than they do in the wintertime because the higher the heat and humidity, the more a person sweats when outside.  Its not unusual to take 2 or 3 or more quick showers a day when a person has to be active in a non-air-conditioned area in a place where it's hot and humid, and such frequent bathing or showering can easily lead to skin becoming too dry as a result.

Different kinds of soap vary in their properties, some soaps may cause dry skin or even cause skin allergies while others may be fine to use with your skin type.   There are soaps made for people who have dry skin and using a soap made for dry skin may also be helpful.

Using moisturizing lotions on your skin after bathing or showering helps prevent or relieve dry skin.  Using bath powder or bubble baths that have moisturizers in them also helps, so does adding a small amount of baby oil to the bath water.  

When using a shower instead of a bath,using a liquid soap that has moisturizers in it, aka body washes, will help with dry skin.

Drying yourself off thoroughly after a bath or shower will help prevent chapped skin.

Exfoliating your skin when you bathe or shower also removes dead dry skin & helps encourage your skin's production of fresh new cells.

One of the best ways to help dry or rough skin on hands or feet is to coat your hands and feet with vaseline petroleum jelly before you go to bed, put on socks or in the case of hands, rubber, vinyl, or latex gloves to keep the vaseline from being rubbed off while you sleep, will do much to soften & moisturize rough or dry skin on hands or feet.

Regularly applying extra hand or body cream or lotion to spots that easily become too dry, such as elbows, helps alleviate or prevent them from becoming too dry.

People of all skin types should use sunscreen on skin that will be exposed to the sun when they go outside, even on a cloudy day.
One of the easiest things to do to help prevent dry skin is to drink plenty of water daily.
Good nutrition with adequate vitamins, minerals and proteins gives the skin as well as the rest of the body, what it needs to be healthy.


WebMD has a good article on dry skin care.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/cosmetic-procedures-skin-care-dry-skin
Excerpt from the above article at webmd.
Dry skin may be prevented or treated by:

    * Taking lukewarm baths or showers (instead of hot ones)
    * Limiting baths/showers to 5 to 10 minutes
    * Applying a moisturizer right after drying off from a shower or washing your hands
    * Using a moisturizing body soap and hand soap
    * Using heavier creams or ointments during the winter months and lighter lotions in the summer


More useful information on dry skin, causes, relief, and prevention
http://www.healthyu-skin.org/dry_skin.htm
http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/tips/5-everyday-skin-needs.htm
http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/dry_skin.html
http://www.skincarenet.org/
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