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What ingredients do I need to avoid for my dry skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have dry skin, you should avoid ingredients that could irritate your skin or cause loss of oil or moisture. A dermatologist might suggest you avoid products containing alcohol (such as astringents or hand-sanitizing gels), which can be drying. Also stay away from harsh soaps, deodorant soaps, and antibacterial soaps, which can strip your skin of its natural oils.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

If you have a dry skin, avoid the following ingredients in your skin care product:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Sodium chloride

Surfactants such as:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Soaps such as sodium tallowate or cocoate
  • Salicylic acid
  • Willow bark (the natural version of salicylic acid)
  • AHA acids
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