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How to Heal Dry, Red Skin

How to Heal Dry, Red Skin How to Heal Dry, Red Skin


If you have patches of dry, red skin on your body, that likely means your skin lacks moisture. Treating these areas involves using products that revitalize your skin and help lock in moisture so that the irritated areas don't reappear. If your skin doesn't clear up with these treatments, you may have a more serious issue, such as eczema. Be sure to see a doctor for prescription treatment advice if you think that may be the case.

Step 1

Get rid of any soaps you've been using that are made with synthetic ingredients, as they can have a drying effect on skin. Replace them with all-natural superfatted soap made with shea and cocoa butter. This type of soap, which is generally available in health food stores and beauty shops, will add moisture to your dry skin.

Step 2

Shower less frequently. The book "1,801 Home Remedies" recommends showering three to four times a week rather than daily, using lukewarm instead of hot water and avoiding baths that are longer than 15 minutes if you have dry skin.

Step 3

Make a tea soak for your dry skin. Bring a gallon of water to a boil on the stove, then add six chamomile tea bags and 1 lb. of loose, dried comfrey tea leaves. Allow the tea soak to simmer and steep for 20 minutes, then strain it. Soak a washcloth in the warm tea and apply it directly to your dry, red skin for about 30 minutes. Store the tea in the refrigerator and repeat the treatment once daily, heating up about 1/2 cup of tea on the stove.

Step 4

Apply aloe vera to your skin each morning. Snip a leaf off of an aloe vera plant and squeeze the gel into your hand. Massage the gel into your dry skin once a day to heal the area. If you don't have an aloe vera plant, purchase pure aloe vera gel from a drugstore instead.

Step 5

Massage a dime-size amount of vitamin E oil into your dry skin each evening before you go to bed. The oil, which is readily absorbed by your skin, replaces lost natural oils and promotes healing, especially of chapped or burned skin.

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