Dry skin “Xerosis” the unfavorable and uncomfortable skin condition that is characterized by the presence of a crack in the skin with bleed if severe, rough and flaky patches of the skin and the presence of gray skin especially on the dark skin individuals. Dry skin may develop on any area of your body but it may found mainly on face, hands, legs, and arms; but in fact, you have to know that there are types of dry skin including irritant contact, allergic contact, Sephora and atopic that we called it eczema.
How dermatologists diagnose dry skin?
- Your dermatologist will gently examine your skin and will start to ask you some questions that will help in diagnosing your case to determine the cause and the best treatment for your case.
- Many dermatologists will simply prescribe Dimethicone because of its potential effect in dealing with your dry skin… so what is dimethicone? It’s history? What are the uses of dimethicone? How does it deal with dry skin? Is it safe? …Keep reading to find the fastest and the right track you have to follow for getting rid of your dry skin.
What is Dimethicone?
- Dimethicone is also known as PDMS “Polydimethylsiloxane”; it is a silicon-based polymer, as simple as possible it is a silicone oil with some properties that make it widely spread among the personal skin care products. Furthermore, dimethicone can also be called “Behenoxy dimethicone and Amodimethicone”.
- You need more information about dimethicone, as we mentioned dimethicone considered as polymer meaning that it is a large molecule composed of small repeating molecules called monomers. Dimethicone is derived from silicon after Jons Jacob’s discovery of silicon in 1824, and from that time, many applications are introduced such as dimethicone that it is widely used nowadays in the personal skin care products.
What are the uses of dimethicone?
- The secret behind the usage of dimethicone in many skin care products is that it provides a smooth application and effectiveness among many skin issues.
- Dimethicone can help as it fills the fine lines and wrinkles found due to aging natural process in addition, to its effect in skin moisturizing and hydrating as it mainly works by preventing the total water loss from your skin by the formation of a hydrating barrier on the skin. Furthermore, it has a unique fluidity characteristic that facilitates its spread throughout the skin “Skin conditioning occlusive”.
- Considered as an ingredient that improves the appearance of hair especially its texture that is affected by many environmental conditions “Hair conditioning agent”. In addition to its effect as lubricant for the skin “Skin conditioning emollient”
- Obviously, dimethicone can be used to treat many cases such as itchy, rough, scaly, dry skin in addition to, mild skin irritations.
Is it effective and safe?
Many studies conducted that revile the effectiveness of dimethicone and confirmed on its usage for the skin; one of these studies is a research conducted and published on the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research stated, “Dimethicone is a man-made polymer of the naturally occurring element silica or silicon. It is used as an emollient to soften and moisturize the skin, decrease itching and flaking, facilitate epidermal exfoliation and provide a protective barrier from irritants . Lotion containing dimethicone has been shown to be efficacious against insult from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-induced ICD . Dimethicone containing ointment has also proven to be effective in protecting the skin against contact irritants from sunscreens, intra-abdominal drainage, and from the discharge of cutaneous ulcers [48,49].”
Furthermore, studies show that dimethicone is effective to treat both to reduce redness of rosacea and to treat contact hand dermatitis
Yes, dimethicone has been approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as a skin protectant. On the other hand, dimethicone got another approval from Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) experts after their condensed evaluation and research on dimethicone they found that it is safe for usage in form of skin products.
Any precautions while using?
- You have to stop using dimethicone products if you are allergic to this compound and you have to contact your doctor if you find any kind of allergy starts to appear after using dimethicone products
- Do not use dimethicone products if you; are pregnant or breastfeeding, have an opened wound, severe skin irritation or any kind burns.
- If you are using non-prescribed medication, any kind of herbal medications or even if you are currently using prescribed medication; you have to inform your doctor that you will use a product contains dimethicone, because some medications may interact with each other but likely, until now there is no a registered interaction between dimethicone cream and any kind of medication.
“Prevention is better than cure”, you can follow the following instructions to avoid dry skin:
- Use warm water for bathing instead of hot water! Because hot water eliminates your natural skin oils. In addition, try to limit time in the shower; 5- to 10-minute bath or shower adds moisture to the skin and then use your moisturizer right after your shower to lock in moisture from the shower “Apply a moisturizer whereas the skin is still moist”.
- Do shaving right after bathing and use shaving cream or gel for your face or leg while helping you to avoid the skin irritation, try also to shave in the direction that the hair grows. Moreover, do not forget to change your dull blades as it may increase your skin dryness.
- Put on cool clothes to irritated dry skin while in the winter try to put on scarf and gloves on outdoors to avoid chapped lips and hands.
- Use a humidifier to raise the humidity level, if your indoor air is dry for the period of winter time months
- Avoid overusing antiperspirants, perfumes, antibacterial soaps, deodorant bars, perfumed soaps, and hygienic products containing alcohol such as hand sanitizers since these products can dry the skin.