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Are Dry, Cracked Hands Plaguing You This Winter?

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Countless people dread the consequences of winter on their skin. For many, this includes the presence of dry, cracked hands. This can be unpleasant to look at and also painful. However, you don’t have to suffer. There are things you can do to avoid and alleviate the symptoms of dry skin on your hands this winter. Understanding why dry skin occurs in the first place can help you customize your remedy.

What Causes It?
While there are numerous conditions that cause dry skin, including psoriasis, contact allergy and eczema, the most common cause of dry skin during winter is irritant dermatitis. Irritant dermatitis develops when the body’s protective skin barrier is disabled and overcome by an outside irritant, such as soap, water, chemicals, or dry air. In the winter, the dry air essentially disturbs the skin barrier and dries it out. When the barrier is cracked, environmental allergens are invited to come in. This leads to uncomfortable symptoms such as redness, itching and inflammation. Some patients may even develop painful fissures in their skin.
What Can You Do?
There are several steps you can take to avoid dry, cracked hands. First, choose your soap wisely. Opting for a mild soap through the winter months can help you avoid further skin irritation. In addition, try to avoid alcohol-based hand sanitizers, as these are a quick recipe for dried-out hands. Keep the germs away with a moisturizing anti-bacterial soap instead. You may also want to dry your hands with a towel after hand washing instead of air-drying. This is actually gentler on your skin during a cold, dry season. Finally, don’t forget to moisturize!! Choose a lotion with an ingredient called dimethicone, which acts as an added barrier to protect the skin.

If you are still suffering from dry, cracked and itchy hands, see a dermatologist. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we recommend the latest products and treatment methods in skin care. Because each patient’s skin type is unique, we recommend customized treatment plans to ensure you stay comfortable and confident in your skin through all seasons. Don’t let dry skin by something you dread each year.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

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I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

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Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

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Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

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I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

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I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.