I get interesting questions every week, but recently a question included a great photo. A women I’ll call Tracy (she asked that her identity stayed private) asked me for a recommendation for dry, red flaking skin around her eyes. She had already tried washing with baby shampoo and applied both vasaline and Gold Bond and nothing seemed to help. To get the best answer I went to New York dermatologist, Dr Albert Lefkovits to take a look.While its not really possible to make an absolute diagnosis from a photo, Dr L came back with an impressive comment
The online diagnosis? Not simple dry skin, but Contact dermatitis, caused by something Tracy was using in her personal care. Most likely culprit was nail polish or a shampoo with ingredients that her skin found unfriendly. Tracy did not want … Continue Reading… →
Last week I woke up with bright red splotches on my cheeks and leathery dry patches under my eyes. I tried using my usual mixture of a daily moisturizer mixed with a dab of anti-inflammatory steroid. No change. Thinking it was some kind of allergic reaction I mixed some oatmeal in cool water and dabbed the mixture on my face. This usually soothes anything, but this time my skin seemed to get worse.
I was on my way to call Dr Marmur when I glanced at the hygrometer ( it measures humidity) on my dresser and solved the mystery of my mutant skin. The humidity in my apatment was a surprising 28%. The unseasonable snow storm that whipped through the tri-state area had brought cold windy weather that lowered natural humidity. For healthy … Continue Reading… →
These days, cold dry weather and Retin A tends to make my skin feel dry and looked rough. When I measured the humidity in my bedroom, I found it was less than 25%. For easy breathing and soft skin, experts recommend an indoor humidity of 30-60%– which would explain my stuffy nose and dry skin in the morning. I began searching for ways to add moisture to my home. I’ve often read that putting a bowl of water on the radiator will relieve dry air.
To check its effectiveness, I filled up a soup bowl with water and put out my hygrometer. The first night was especially cold and I opened up the radiator full blast. The water in the bowl soon turned hot and I wondered if … Continue Reading… →
These weeks of cold and snowy weather are especially hard on my Retin A -treated skin. And its just not the weather outside that’s causing problems. Apparently the low humidity in my home is making things worse. The radiators are going full blast 24/7 and as they provide heat, they are evaporating the moisture in every room.
When I learned that indoor heat was drying out the air, my first instinct was to buy the biggest, baddest humidifier that I could carry home. But these devices are not without problems of their own. Overly humid air can increase levels of bacteria and allergens into the air. The reservoirs of water needs to be emptied and cleaned daily to avoid build-up of mold and minerals– that are then sprayed around the home.