Have you found a dry patch on your face? Several factors could have contributed to dry, flaking skin on your face — or anywhere else on the body.
Environmental factors like the weather as well as topical products in your bathroom cabinets can affect the moisture levels in your skin.
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to deal with those red, dry, itchy patches indefinitely.
Depending on the root cause of your dryness, there are several tips and tricks that may help restore moisture to your skin.
How to Treat Dry, Flaky Skin on Your Face
1. Use a Gentle Cleanser
When you’re managing dry skin, there are several ingredients you may want to avoid to help prevent drying or irritating your skin more.
Some of these — like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and drying alcohols — may be hiding out in your cleanser.
Harsh cleansers containing ingredients that strip your skin of its natural sebum contribute to dry skin. When you’re constantly removing the oils from your skin, the sebum isn’t able to re-moisturize cracked, flaky, or red patches.
That’s why we recommend opting for a gentle cleanser when washing your face.
The Gladskin Face Wash for Sensitive Skin is carefully formulated with only the ingredients needed to clean your sensitive skin. No fragrance, no preservatives, no harsh soaps that may disrupt your skin barrier and microbiome.
After cleansing your skin, always be sure to moisturize. Like with your cleanser, the best face moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin will be free of preservatives, fragrances, and other common skin allergens.
You can choose from lotions, creams, ointments, or face oil for dry skin. These products all help improve the natural skin barrier and improve the skin’s water retention.
3. Adjust Shower Habits
Long, hot showers are relaxing and refreshing, but when you’re suffering from dry skin on your face, they can also be detrimental to the health of your skin and its recovery.
By using warm water instead of hot water and shortening the length of your shower to 5–10 minutes, you’ll help preserve some of the natural moisture in your skin.
This may feel like a sacrifice, but when you start to notice improvements in your skin health, it will be well worth it!
4. Balance the Skin Microbiome
Billions of good and bad bacteria live on the skin surface, creating what’s called “the skin microbiome.”
When the bad bacteria begin to grow and outnumber the good bacteria, symptoms can appear on the skin surface — including dryness, redness, flaking, blemishes, itching, burning, or other forms of irritation.
You can help restore your skin microbiome through healthy lifestyle habits, like spending time in nature, taking care of your gut health, and minimizing stress. However, we’ve also created innovative creams that work with your body, using the science of healthy skin, to help restore balance to the skin microbiome. Because sometimes you need an extra boost!
5. Use a Humidifier
Did you know that running an air conditioning and heating in your home or office space pulls the moisture out of the air?
If you can avoid air conditioning (AC) and central heating, you may see improvements in your skin moisture.
Many people won’t want to give up the convenience and comfort of having a steady indoor temperature, though. If that’s you, you can simply use a humidifier, which helps replenish some of that lost moisture in the air.
6. Practice Safe Sun Habits
If you’ve ever spent too much time out in the sun (haven’t we all?), you know just how drying the sun can be. If you’re already experiencing sensitive, flaking skin, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun’s powerful rays is even more important.
Protect your face by wearing a visor or hat and applying sunscreen regularly.
How to Remove Dry Skin From Your Face
More often than not, we don’t recommend touching or toying with dry patches on the face. However, if your flaking skin is coming off in large patches and you’d like to remove the excess skin from your face, it is possible.
You’ll want to remove the dry skin as gently as possible — without any pulling or further irritation.
Your best option will likely be a gentle exfoliator (very gentle exfoliator). First, you may want to try using a damp washcloth or natural sponge to help remove the excess skin. Simply apply light pressure and gently rub the skin in a circular motion.
Avoid exfoliating your skin more than once a week. And remember: if your skin is irritated and inflamed, avoid face scrubs that include harsh exfoliators, because they can make irritation worse and even cause cuts in the skin.
Dealing with dry skin on the face can be an upsetting and sometimes even embarrassing experience. Despite the frustration, you have several options to treat dry and flaking skin at home. There is hope for glad skin that looks smooth and supple — and retains moisture!
If you try the tips listed above and your dry skin continues, be sure to make an appointment with your dermatologist or healthcare provider for a personalized treatment plan.