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Helping Dry Skin

Extreme environmental conditions can overwhelm the skin's natural protective barrier, causing water to evaporate. This is an important reason for dry skin among people who live in sun-baked desert climates, especially in parts of the southwestern United States. If you have dry, cracked and/or fissured hands try using a humidifier to raise the humidity level.

Excessively dry indoor air also can cause dry skin and "winter itch" in the northern United States, particularly in people who use forced-air heating systems.

Do you usually spend your winter months indoors, in heated rooms without a humidifier?

Yes, this describes my situation.

No, I use a humidifier in the winter.

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