(Closed) Dry flaky skin, help!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee

That must be such a pain to deal with! Sorry bee 🙁 My skin is rather dry too, and I tend to put on lotion before I go to sleep at night. I use quite a bit and really rub it in well, and it makes my skin feel much better. Look for makeup and primers with moisturizers in them too. Sorry I can’t help with specific brand names!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

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whoami:  My guess is that it’s not just dry skin but a condition such as seborrheic dermatitis.  Try washing your face with medicated zinc shampoo, letting it sit for a minute before rinsing.  Also, go to a better doctor.

I have to wash with medicated cleansers and use a heavy duty prescription steroid cream on my face to keep it normal. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I have oily-combination skin, so my T-zone gets super shiny, but my cheeks get chapped and flaky.  I use Cetaphil wash twice a day, Cetaphil Daylong face sunblock gel spf 50+++ in the morning and Cetaphil lotion for my face at night so my face doesn’t get too oily. I wake up with shiny skin, but they are super smooth and actually helped with managing breakouts.

I also use Epiduo for acne (applied during nighttime) and Contractubex for dark scarring.

 

This is all from my dermatologist who specializes in clearing bad skin. I don’t even need to wear concealer/foundation anymore.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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passthepeas:  I was thinking the same thing.

A medicated lotion/cream or a steroid cream like PP suggested would clear up your skin. I know somebody with this condition and they only need to apply the cream if they break out, other than that a moisturizing cream like cetaphil works for the dryness.

Also, instead of using foundation try using BB/CC creams as they absorb into your skin differently than a foundation that sits on top of your skin. Hope this helps!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Your skin could be dehydrated instead of dry. Caroline Hirons has great advice on skincare and has a lot of cheatsheets that have really helped me with my skin: http://www.carolinehirons.com/2011/11/dry-or-dehydrated-cheat-sheet.html

My key takeways were to wash with very gentle non-lathering cleaners using warm water (not hot) and to put lotion on ASAP while your skin is still moist to lock in the moisture.

I also use a chemical exfoliator now to help with dry patches and flakiness. Sounds counterintutive but it allows your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply. She’s from the UK and calls these “toners” but they would be more like “acids” in the US. 

Also, Tarte has a new empowered gel hybrid foundation that’s supposed to be great for really dry skin. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

This is the story of my life. :/

I’m still experimenting with skin regimins, but one thing that has helped so far is that I started cleansing with micellar water. I use the garnier one. Look it up! It’s a water with tiny beads of some kind of oil suspended in it, and you cleanse by wiping a saturated cotton pad over your face, no need to rinse. The theory behind it is that it keeps your skin properly hydrated and balanced, as even “gentle” cleansers contain some drying ingredients.

I’ve also started using CeraVe PM moisturizer at night, and so far it seems to be fine.

Do you exfoliate? It’s possible to overdo it in an attempt to get the gross dry skin off, and it can make it worse. I exfoliate maybe twice a week by mixing baking soda with cetaphil cleanser (but then I follow up with the micellar water).

Post # 9
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Busy bee

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prinzesschen:  Yes exactly. I only apply the steroid cream if I must.  Generally a tiny bit in spot application every few days.  It is last resort for me because this stuff is not good for your skin long term.  But necessary sometimes, unfortunately.  And otherwise a gentle, non irritating moisturizer just like the one you noted.

My prescription cleanser costs $300/month!  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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passthepeas:  I know these creams/lotions are no joke. I know someone who has psoriasis and some creams (without insurance) cost $700!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I would go back to your GP. I have eczema and rosacea so I have dry, flaky skin but also get the redness and spots from the roasacea. On the same cheek, at the same time! I second posters who say it sounds like a medical issue like seborrheic dermatitis.

I use a medicated moisturiser (Doublebase). I find that Ultrabland cleanser by Lush works well for me – it’s very balancing so it’s great at moisturising my skin, without clogging my pores and causing more spots. I found I had a breakout when I first used it (as it’s sucking all the gunk out of the pores) but after a few weeks my skin really settled down. If it’s really bad though then you may need medicated cleansers etc.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have chronically dry skin, I exfoliate like CRAZY and it controls my flake. I use a wet wash cloth after I’ve been in the shower for several minutes and rub! Then I rub with my hands, it seriously peels off. It’s disgusting but it works. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have extremely sensitive skin that also gets flaky and dry sometimes and other times breaks out with those tiny little horrible rosacea bumps.  I tried metrogel from the dermatologist but it didn’t work for me.  A couple of years ago I decided to try making my own face cream and mineral makeup so I could eliminate a lot of artificial ingredients that I thought might be irritating my skin.

The less ingredients used on sensitive skin the better, so my homemade face cream formula contains organic raw shea butter, jojoba oil, rose hip seed oil, and even a tiny amount of melted organic bees wax.  My mineral makeup contains only zinc oxide (natural barrier sunscreen), a couple of iron oxide minerals for color, and a touch of organic cocoa powder.  I use pure arrowroot powder for a finishing powder.  It looks white but when you put it on your skin with a powder brush it becomes clear and takes away the shine.  When my skin is feeling extra dry I mix a little bit of the mineral makeup with the moisturizer and, voila, tinted moisturizer.

But I still struggle with dry, flaky patches sometimes and breakouts at other times.  And wrinkles!  (Life is so not fair!)  I’m not sure if there’s a magic cure; everyone’s skin is so different, what works for one person might not work for someone else, but I’m going to read every single post in search of that elusive thing that just might be THE CURE.

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