Dry skin and cold weather itch

Alternative names 
Cold weather and itchy skin

Here are some recommendations for dealing with dry skin:

  • Take fewer baths (and when you bathe, avoid hot water).  
  • Moisturize your skin after bathing in order to prevent the skin from drying.  
  • Avoid overdrying wet skin. Try patting your skin dry.  
  • Avoid excessive use of soap.  
  • Don’t overheat your house, and use a humidifier if you live in a dry climate.


Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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