Many people suffer from dry skin during the winter months. Most people who experience dry skin feel it near the eyes, hands, arms, and in some cases, the legs. A person's skin doesn't have enough of a natural coating of oil to seal in the moisture and protect against the dryness, so an expert says you may want to avoid taking long hot showers or baths.
Dr. Stephen Stone, professor of dermatology at SIU School of Medicine, says although the heat of the water feels good at the moment, it actually damages the skin by taking away the body's own oil. This is especially damaging to older people because their oil glands produce less than when they were younger. He explains the best way to prevent the skin from drying.
Dr. Stone recommends seeing a family physician or dermatologist if a person's skin has areas of redness or if a person is scratching to the point of the skin bleeding. If the skin is red or inflamed, a person could be suffering from eczema or psoriasis, which may need to be treated with prescription medication.