Schweiger Dermatology Group
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Schweiger Dermatology Group - Broadway
1727 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Call: 212-203-0908
Manhattan Center for Dermatology

Dry skin is a common condition that nearly everyone, regardless of age, has experienced at some time. Dry skin develops from the loss of natural body oils and water in the cells on the top, outer layer of your skin.

The results can be itchy, cracked, chapped, scaly, or red, bleeding skin. Manhattan Center for Dermatology is an experienced dermatologist center in NYC that can diagnose the cause for your skin problem and prescribe a treatment regimen.


There are a number of general symptoms associated with dry skin, whether your condition is temporary or lifelong. You dry skin may be related to the climate where you live, your individual age and medical health history, how much time you spend indoors in a dry environment, and how much time you spend outdoors exposed to the elements. Some typical symptoms are:

  • Rough looking and feeling skin
  • Tight skin feeling after bathing or swimming
  • Itchy skin
  • Scaly, flaky, chapped skin
  • Cracks, wrinkles, and fine lines
  • Red, irritated or bleeding skin
  • Red, dry hands after excessive exposure to water


In addition to minimizing the events that cause dry skin, we recommend the following treatment tips:

  • Bath and hand wash with warm water and use gentle skin cleaners that are fragrance-free and have a high content of glycerin. Limit your bathing time to 5 to minutes and gently, but thoroughly, towel dry yourself.
  • Moisturize your body and hands immediately after bathing or washing your face and hands to replenish the lost natural skin oils and water levels. Keep a small jar or tube of moisturizer in your desk, the kitchen, and your car for use throughout the day. Moisturize your skin before going to bed. Look for commercial moisturizers with therapeutic ingredients like petroleum jelly or mineral oil. Other natural oils in moisturizers that help to repair dry skin are shea butter, olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin B3 oil. Humectants are water binders and are listed in moisturizers as urea, glycerin, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid.
  • Wear protective gloves when working with moist materials or water.
  • Increase the level of indoor humidity to protect your exposed skin.
  • Wear protective clothing like hats, gloves, and scarves to protect your skin from cold, harsh weather.
  • Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin, SPF 30+ lip gloss, and hats and sunglasses to protect your skin from UV ray damage all year long.


If your dry skin does not respond to a regular skin care routine, or the dryness continues to go away and return, you may have another problem or ailment such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, rashes, alopecia, or skin cancer that will require the attention of a dermatologist.

The easiest and most expedient way to determine the root cause and necessary treatment for your individual dry skin situation, is to schedule an appointment today with Manhattan Center for Dermatology for an examination and consultation.

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