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6 Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

6 Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

6 Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

Both the searing summer sun and harsh cold winter air can wreak havoc on skin and make it look parched and weathered, and once it sets in, dry skin can be difficult to resolve. While trying to regain moisture, some ingredients that are commonly found in soaps and lotions should be avoided.

6 Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin


Many skin preparations such as soaps and certain lotions contain alcohol which is a major contributing factor to dry skin, and it is the most prevalent ingredient in hand sanitizers. When reading product labeling, any ingredient ending in “ol” indicates a form of alcohol and should be avoided.


Lotions, soaps and body washes that are heavily perfumed rob the skin of moisture. For dry skin, it is better to opt for products that are fragrance-free. In addition, deodorant soap has ingredients that can worsen parched skin.


Surfactants are ingredients added to soap and body wash that are designed to increase the foaming action of a product, but they are also prone to causing dryness. The following additives are surfactants commonly found in skin preparations:

sodium lauryl sulfate
ammonium lauryl sulfate

Salicylic Acid

Found in many skin treatment programs to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging, salicylic acid can also deplete moisture when used in excessive amounts. When using products with the additive, it is important to carefully follow instructions to avoid overuse and subsequent drying. Product labeling may also list the active ingredient as “willow bark.”

Antibacterial Products

Many cleansing agents on the market are enhanced with additional antibacterial ingredients which can make dry skin worse. Recent studies have found that most soap products do an excellent job of eliminating pathogens without the addition of antimicrobials, so purchasing antibacterial soap is not usually necessary.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is the main active ingredient in many acne-fighting skin preparations. While it may work wonders to eliminate pimples, it is a very harsh irritant and often leaves the surrounding skin red, dry and peeling.

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5 Natural Anti-Dandruff Remedies

5 Natural Anti-Dandruff Remedies

Natural Anti-Dandruff RemediesDo you suffer from a flaky, itchy scalp? Don´t worry, you are not alone, and fortunately there are many natural anti-dandruff remedies that will help you get rid of it once and for all. A sensitive flaky scalp is one of the main causes of dandruff. Check out these 5 interesting, natural anti-dandruff remedies:
People with sensitive skin often suffer from dry flaky scalp as well, and since there is no yeast overgrowth or dermatitis you need to cure in this case all you’ll have to do is focus on moisturizing and soothing your poor scalp with the anti-inflammatory and soothing effects of chamomile tea, apply after washing your hair, and wash out with warm water.

One of the best natural anti-dandruff remedies ever because vinegar and peroxide have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that eliminate yeast overgrowth, one of the most frequent causes of dandruff.
Mix a harmless 3% peroxide solution with vinegar and clean, filtered water (1 part peroxide, 1 part vinegar, 10 parts water), apply it to your scalp, leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Tea tree oil helps control excess sebum and when mixed with Aloe Vera oil in 1:1 ratio creates one of the most potent natural anti-dandruff remedies, try it yourself.

Wash your hair with baking soda, also known as bicarbonate, it’s an alkaline solution which raises the pH level of your scalp, making it less acidic and not the ideal place for yeast to thrive in.

There is one more thing yeast loves just as much as acidic places in your body – sugar! Adding more onions to your diet can work wonders.


From: Home Remedies from a country Doctor from Jay Heinrichs, Dorothy Behlen Heinrichs, and the editors of Yankee Magazine, 2013.
From: Natural Remedies for Healthy Living , The Readers Digest Association,2011
From: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies, C. Norman Shealy 2002
Edited 8/18/14 SCD