Dry Skin Care in Columbia, MD

Dry skin is a common condition that occurs when the skin lacks the moisture to keep it soft and healthy. Most instances of dry skin can be managed with moisturizer and self-care strategies. However, if you do not notice an improvement in your skin, or if your dry skin is beginning to crack and bleed, it is recommended that you speak to a health care provider - specifically a dermatologist. Cracked, broken skin can leave you susceptible to infection and eczema if left untreated.

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Edward Poindexter, FNP-BC, FAANP

  • Family medicine
  • "Very professional"
  • Available today
  • $5 MEDS

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Larissa Davis, NP

  • Family medicine
  • "Dr. Larissa Davis was amazing! She addressed all my issues with patience and professionalism and ordered the lab work that I needed to diagnose my current health condition. I'm looking forward to working with her again."
  • $5 MEDS

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Binta Bojang, NP

  • Urgent care
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    Ola Onabanjo, FNP-BC

    • Urgent care
    • "Dr. Ola was AWESOME and very informative with great medical advice. Thanks so much for having this remarkable physician on your team."
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Nicole Baldwin, NP

    • Urgent care
    • "She was kind, patient and thorough. Will definitely use your service again."
    • Available tomorrow
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dawn Drewes, APRN

    • Urgent care
    • "... quick, straight forward, got antibiotics and feel more at peace"
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Elizabeth Johnston, APRN

    • Family medicine
    • "... the provider I saw was extremely understanding, compassionate and helpful."
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Yaw Otchere-Boateng, MD

    • Internal medicine
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Tessa Ndille, DO

    • Emergency medicine
    • "The doctor was amazing!!! So thorough and knowledgeable. Thank you!"
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Randi Berkowitz, NP

    • Family medicine
    • "Dr. Berkowitz was very courteous and professional, and she showed she cared about me."
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Monika Patel, MD

    • Internal medicine
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Jeannie Higgin, FNP-BC

    • Family medicine
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Monika Patel, MD

    • Internal medicine
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Joseph Nichols, MD

    • Family medicine
    • "... was great and arranged my prescription with my local pharmacy immediately."
    • 5
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

    In-person skin consult

    Victoria Ajayi, FNP

    • Family medicine
    • 8713 Harford Road, Parkville, MD 21234
    • $5 MEDS

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    Monica Orozco Cantillo, NP

    • Family medicine
    • Available today

    In-person dermatology consult

    Dermatologist

    • Ellicott City, MD 21043
    • Female
    • 4.5
    • Scheduled by Sesame

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    Dr. Anna Chacon, MD

    • Dermatology
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

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    Dr. Anna Chacon, MD

    • Dermatology
    • Available today
    • $5 MEDS

    In-person dermatology consult

    Dermatologist

    • Washington, DC 20016
    • Male
    • 4.8
    • Scheduled by Sesame

    About dry skin

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    Dry skin is a common condition that occurs when the skin lacks the moisture to keep it soft and healthy.

    Common characteristics of dry skin include:


    • Rough skin
    • Cracked or flaky skin
    • Itching
    • Ashy, gray skin
    • Skin tightness - especially after leaving a shower or bath
    • Redness

    In many cases, these symptoms are mild and do not constitute a medical problem. However, some individuals may experience persistent dry skin that does not improve with moisturizing. Not only is excessively dry skin itchy and uncomfortable, but it may crack and bleed - leaving it vulnerable to infection.

    Dry skin may be caused by diverse factors such as:

    - Age: Your skin changes naturally as you age. Oil and sweat glands become less active as you get older, leading to skin that may be dry or flaky.

    - Climate: Dry environments - like the desert - or cold winter climates can cause dry skin due to their lack of humidity. Individuals who live and work outside in these environments have a greater risk of developing dry skin.

    - Chemical use: Harsh soaps, detergents, and shampoos strip moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and brittle. Dry skin - especially on the hands - is very common in individuals who wash their hands frequently, or work in an occupation that requires contact with these chemicals regularly. Similarly, individuals who frequently swim in chlorinated pools have a greater risk of developing dry skin.

    - Skin conditions: Individuals who have eczema, or regularly experience atopic dermatitis - irritation of the skin caused by allergic reactions - may experience dry, brittle, or flaky skin more often.

    Most instances of dry skin can be managed with moisturizer and self-care strategies. However, if you do not notice an improvement in your skin, or if your dry skin is beginning to crack and bleed, it is recommended that you speak to a health care provider - specifically a dermatologist. Cracked, broken skin can leave you susceptible to infection and eczema if left untreated.

    Treatment Options

    Below is a list of common treatment options for dry skin. During your appointment, talk to your provider about the treatment plan that’s right for you.

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