The end of summer is a good time for thinking about your skin.
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If you represent the one out of three Americans plagued by dry skin, you’ve probably tried scores of moisturizers. But despite advertiser promises of smooth, soft skin, moisturizers generally do little to remedy the problem.
Whether mildly flaky or painfully cracked and itchy, skin that is dry can more closely resemble alligator hide than the tender, supple skin we are meant to have. It’s more than just a cosmetic problem, though. As the body’s largest organ, your skin is the first line of protection against invading microorganisms. When your skin dries and cracks, it leaves you vulnerable to invasion by harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Dry skin is one of the hallmarks of a low-fat diet. When healthful fats such as organic butter, coconut oil, and olive oil are added to the diet, skin is naturally moisturized from the inside out.
Click on the articles below for more information.
- What Is Known About Dry Skin
- Healthy Steps: Dry Skin—First Steps
- Healthy Steps: Dry Skin— Full Program
- Dry Skin Prevention
- From Dr. Deborah's Desk
Have you ever wondered whether your skin looks more human or reptilian, you have probably complained about dry skin. You represent the one out of three Americans with dry skin, and by now you’ve probably tried scores of moisturizers. But despite advertiser promises of smooth, soft skin, moisturizers generally do little to remedy the problem.