You can go about choosing the best dry skin ointment for you by figuring out the cause of your dry skin and picking a product that is designed for that particular condition. To do this, speak with your doctor or dermatologist or begin testing various lotions and ointments to find the one that works best. If you do not find anything appropriate in your local stores, you may need a prescription ointment.
There are various causes of dry skin, so there is no one-size-fits-all for dry skin ointment. In most cases, symptoms of dry skin are temporary and may be caused by low humidity in the air or using a particular soap or body wash. For this, almost any type of over the counter lotion would be appropriate for healing your skin. If you have sensitive skin that becomes very dry during winter months or when being indoors most of the time, you may need an over the counter medicated lotion.
Certain conditions can also cause dry skin along with rashes and scaly or leathery patches. Eczema and psoriasis are two examples. There is dry skin ointment available in most drugstores for these conditions, so you may wish to try those first since they are usually less expensive than prescription options. Use as directed on the label, and give each type a week or two to begin working before you decide it’s not right for you. If dryness or itching becomes very severe, you may need to a see a dermatologist to get a stronger medicated ointment.
When trying different dry skin ointment varieties, be sure to pay special attention to your skin. If it becomes soft and itching subsides, then continue using the product you are using. Redness, burning, itching, scaling, or peeling are all signs of a potential allergic reaction. If you notice any of these symptoms, discontinue use of the ointment and contact your doctor.
The dry skin ointment you choose may also be decided by your own personal preferences. Fragrance, texture, and price are all things you should consider. Some may need thicker lotions to cling to the skin, while others feel that these are too oily. The scent you choose is really up to you. If you have sensitive skin, using an option with no added fragrances may be a good idea.
Finally, if you are on a budget, there are plenty of lower-priced lotions available. Mild to moderate dry skin will likely respond to almost any ointment, so feel free to buy inexpensive brands. If you require a more specialized or heavy-duty ointment, there are generally generic brands available for less cost than name brands. These are typically just as good in quality and are often made by the same manufacturers as most pricey brands.