Dry skin is something my husband, myself, and my kids have all struggled with. And it is very important for us to take good care of our skin. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my late teens and it is something I have been battling with over a decade now. One of the symptoms of this disease is dry skin. That paired with the winter months means my skin can get exceptionally dry. Over the years I have done my best to take care of my skin and I use some ointments that keep it healthy and protect my skin especially during the winter season. Because of my natural nature to care for my own skin, I have done the same with my kids. There are many things I do to help protect the triplet’s skin: applying plenty of sunscreen (even during the winter), covering their skin with warm clothes, and applying moisturizing creams. Every night after a bath I apply non-scented moisturizing creams to each of their bodies and I also know what I need to look for when it comes to dry and itchy skin.
I do my best to protect their skin, yet triplets have still struggled with dry skin, even eczema, which is one of the most common skin problems treated by pediatric dermatologists. CDC data revealed an increase in eczema in children in the US. A child can’t but itch when they have a rash and unfortunately the skin becomes more and more irritated. The triplets, especially Jax, during the winter months, get very dry skin. When Jax was about 18 months old, he got an extremely dry itchy rash on his stomach. We talked to our Doctor and she advised us to use some ointments to help with the healing process, along with our usual bath time routine and moisturizers. And after time, although it took awhile, the dry rash finally disappeared.
Also, keep in mind that there are some very important things to remember when it comes to carrying for your skin:
1. Wear Sunscreen. This is especially important. Sunscreen is necessary to wear all year long to help prevent sun damage. We live in Sunny San Diego and it is so important for all of us to wear sunscreen. I always keep sunscreen with me wherever we go!!
2. Skincare treatments.There are a variety of ointments available to treat winter skin and are designed to moisturize and exfoliate the skin. The best time to apply moisturizer is immediately following a bath or shower. This locks in the water that is still surrounding your skin cells with a layer of oil, cream, or ointment. *Also, keep in mind when using over the counter medicines to treat dry skin, be sure to read the drug facts on the label.
3. Infections. Unfortunately, dry skin can also lead to infections. Cracked skin can provide an opportunity for bacteria to make its way in, which can cause your skin to feel more aggravated and itchy.
As a Mother who not only suffers from constantly battling dry skin myself, I want the best for my kids because I know how irritating a dry and itchy rash can be and what it can ultimately turn into. Thank you #KnowYourOTCs for all the wonderful tips. For more information on taking care of your skin especially during the winter months, click here.