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Can washing the skin prevent dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Cleaning your skin helps keep it healthy, so the first line of defense is to remove dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Wash your skin gently with a mild cleanser (no harsh soaps) applied with your fingertips. Place the cleanser on your fingers and not directly on your skin to avoid irritation. Even cleansers intended to help your skin may cause irritation to sensitive skin when applied directly.

Rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing so you don’t damage your skin. Don’t use mesh sponges, abrasive scrubs, and woven face cloths because they can irritate sensitive skin. Talk to your dermatologist before considering procedures such as peeling, exfoliating, or microdermabrasion. Use a moisturizer to protect your skin from dryness, itching, and cracking. Your dermatologist can recommend the best type of moisturizer for you and how often to apply.

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