Dry Skin Questions and Answers Archive

Jan
2002

Q&A: What can I use for facial moisturizing and wrinkle-fighting if my skin is very sensitive to lotions and makeup?

Question:

I have very sensitive skin. In fact, I don't wear makeup because I can't find any that doesn't make my face itch or burn. What I am looking for is a moisturizer that will help reduce my dry skin and my fine wrinkles, that doesn't make me break out in acne or rashes. I have tried Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Blemish, but my face turns red and burns, and breaks out in painful bumps...please help!

- Jennifer

Answer:

 Amy Forman Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

You might have rosacea, which, if treated could help to decrease your sensitivity and burning sensations (usual treatments are antibiotic creams and/or oral anitbiotics. For comprehensive info on rosacea, see www.skinfo.com and click on "skintopics"- under this there is a discussion of rosacea, its causes and treatments). The two least bothersome and irritating creams for sensitive skin that I have encountered and that are also moisturizing and wrinkle-fighting are called Kinerase Cream (a plant extract) and Biohydrating Cream (made from polyhydroxy acids which are gentle to sensitive skin, unlike the stinging that often accompanies alphahydroxy acids, yet with all of the benefits). Both can be found and purchased at www.skinfo.com under "skinstore", look under moisturizers or anti-aging categories.

-- Amy Forman Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Dec
2001

Q&A: My nose has been peeling constantly for months now, no matter how much i put moisturizer on it, if it continues to peel... should i see my doctor or what might it be?

Question:

My nose has been peeling constantly for months now, no matter how much i put mosturizers on it, it continues to peel... should i see my doctor or what might it be?

- Jana

Answer:

Amy Forman Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

I think you should see a dermatologist. Skin peeling for months is unlikely to be just dry skin. It is possible that you have sun damage there that needs to be treated and the skin isn't normal enough to repair itself, so at a minimum I would have it evaluated.

--Amy Forman Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Oct
2001

Q&A: I just started getting red elevated dry spots all over my stomach and back. They are small and a little itchy. What are they?

Question:

I just started getting red elevated dry spots all over my stomach and back. They are small and a little itchy. I have never had anything like this before. I am using hydrocortisone cream which helps the itch, but they are not going away. What are they?

- kristen

Answer:

Amy Forman Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

Not sure. They could be spots of eczema, a dry skin rash in which case you could try a potent moisturizer (such as Soft and Smooth Body Lotion available at www.skinfo.com) which contains a high strength alpha-hydroxy acid to repair dry skin. There are so many other conditions this could be, however, that it would be really hard to diagnose from your description. Try a moisturizer or the one I mentioned and give the hydrocortison a little while, but if it isn't helping you will probably need a trip to the dermatologist!

--Amy Forman Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Aug
2001

Q&A: I have these bumps on my thighs and my mom says I am growing too fast. Is this true and how can I make them disappear?

Question:

hi. i'm 13 years old. i have these bumps that are shaped like little lines on my thies, on the side of my thies. I asked my mom and she said its because im growing fast and it means that my legs are going to be chubby. is that true? and if it is, is there any way i can make them disappear?

- Paulina

Answer:

Amy Forman Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

It could be keratosis pilaris, a dry skin condition that creates little rough bumps, or even flat warts. I am not sure from your desrciption but I can assure you that these bumps have absolutely nothing to do with developing chubby legs. I would tell your mother that her comment made you feel bad about yourself. Maybe she didn't realize this. Then ask her to take you to to a dermatologist for an evaluation and treatment of the bumps.

--Amy Forman Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Aug
1999

Q&A: I developed some bumps around the waist that faded into flat red marks and began to peel. Does this sound like a skin reaction that will go away or something more?

Question:

Two weeks ago, while on a camping vacation, I developed what looked like mesquito bites around my waist, below the beltline. These bumps faded into flat red marks that eventually began to peel (a very thin layer of dry skin). Also, more of these red marks developed on the skin of my buttocks and armpits several days later. It's been two weeks and the red marks are still prominent. No marks have developed on areas of skin that receive more exposure. I have not been sexually active in at least six months. Does this sound like a skin reaction that will go away (I recently moved into a desert environment)or are these symptoms of something more serious? Thanks for any help.

- Travis

Answer:

Stephen A Imbeau, MD - LocateADoc.com

sounds like some sort of hives if they persist and do not respond to simple antihistamines, see A Board Certified Allergist

--Stephen A Imbeau, MD
Florence, South Carolina