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Derma Care FAQs

Need help with dry skin? Let Derma Care, the new dry skin care range from Boots, answer your questions.

Published 04/10/2010

If you need help with dry skin, read on for answers to common questions about Derma Care, the new dry skin care range from Boots.

Q. What causes dry skin?

A. Dry skin can be caused by a range of different factors including:
  • The environment (e.g. winter, air-conditioning, central heating)
  • Something you're doing to your skin (e.g. using soaps, detergents or chemicals that irritate) which strips away oils, causing loss of moisture.
  • Health conditions (e.g. diabetes or thyroid disorders)
  • Skin conditions (e.g. eczema or contact dermatitis).
  • Ageing
  • Hormonal changes e.g. pregnancy

Q. What's different about Derma Care?

A. Derma Care is a brand new product range from Boots Pharmaceuticals. Derma Care promotes a daily moisturising regime to help manage dry skin. We know dry skin can be a life-long problem and needs to be cared for everyday. The Derma Care Daily Moisturising Regime™ helps replace lost moisture and prevent moisture loss. Properly hydrated skin helps form a protective barrier against external irritants like dirt and allergens.

Q. What makes dry skin different from normal skin?

A. To understand dry skin, imagine healthy skin as a wall made of bricks and mortar. The mortar is the body's natural lipids (oils) that help protect the skin from dirt, allergens and irritants. When the skin is dry, there is a loss of natural lipids and moisture. The skin becomes like a wall where some of the mortar has fallen out and the bricks have become weathered. This can lead to red and flaky skin that's sometimes itchy.

Wall of Protection™ for Dry Skin

The Derma Care Daily Moisturising Regime
helps build and maintain the skin's natural barrier
creating a Wall of Protection™ against the
causes of dryness for healthier skin.

Derma care moisturising regime, transforming your skin from Dry to Protected
  • Loss of natural lipids (oil) and moisture
  • Skin feels dry, rough, flaky, red and may be itchy.
  • Moisture replaced
  • Skin feels soothed, relieved and hydrated

Q. Is Derma Care suitable for ALL types of dry skin?

A. Derma Care has options to help people manage dry skin:

If you have psoriasis, you should speak to your GP or pharmacist, although you can still use the range as part of managing dry skin associated with psoriasis.

Q. I've heard that long baths or swimming can aggravate dry skin - is this true?

A. Yes, prolonged exposure to water, especially when it is hot, can wash away natural oils that protect your skin. So what can you do? Choose showers over baths but limit your shower to a few minutes and use warm rather than hot water. Use a soap-free, non-foaming, non-perfumed cleanser, such as Derma Care Daily Moisturising Shower Cream (may make surfaces slippery). After showering, wait 5-10 minutes and then apply a moisturiser or emollient, such as Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream.

Q. Swimming dries my skin; what can I do?

A. Prolonged contact with water, as well as the use of chlorine at swimming baths, can dry the skin. Therefore, before swimming, apply a moisturiser to help protect the skin. After swimming, use a soap-free, non-foaming, non-perfumed cleanser such as Derma Care Daily Moisturising Shower Cream (may make surfaces slippery). After showering, wait 5-10 minutes and then apply a moisturiser or emollient, such as Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream.

Q. I've noticed my skin becomes drier during the winter. What should I do?

A. During the winter months, the combination of extreme cold weather outside and the drying atmosphere from heating inside dries the skin. So what can you do? Apply moisturiser, e.g. Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream or Derma Care Emollient Cream (always read the label) regularly, at least twice a day. Remember to re-apply moisturiser just prior to going outside and if possible cover exposed skin.

Q. I've noticed that as I get older, my skin becomes drier. What should I do?

A. As you get older, skin renewal slows and less natural oil is produced which can affect the skin's ability to retain moisture. So what can you do? Use Derma Care's Daily Moisturising Regime™ to help replace lost moisture and help to prevent further moisture loss.

Q: Is eczema contagious?

A. No, eczema cannot be spread from person to person. Sufferers may be predisposed to eczema when there is a family history of eczema or other allergic conditions.

Q: Can eczema be cured?

A. No. In eczema sufferers there are genetic changes to the skin that make it more sensitive to the external causes of dry skin. However, eczema can be effectively managed by adopting a good skincare regime and responding to flare-ups as they occur.

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