The Best Face Moisturizer for Very Dry Skin & Skin Toner for African-American Women

No matter how hot you look, dry skin can make you feel hopelessly uncomfortable. Celebrity physician Dr. Michael Roizen states that African-American women can experience higher rates of transepidermal (literally, “through the skin”) water loss than Caucasian women, which can make skin drier. While you’re on the hunt for the products to include in your skin care arsenal, keep your eyes peeled for those that contain natural ingredients, which your dry skin craves.

What to Look For

The best face moisturizer for über-dry African-American skin is one that contains naturally moisturizing ingredients. Read the label and look for jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter or coconut oil. Moisturizers containing plant extracts help nourish and tone your skin. Vitamins and supplements are other ingredients to seek. For example, vitamin E and omega-3 can enhance the overall health of your skin and promote healing. When shopping for a daytime moisturizer, sunscreen is a must, especially if you want to reverse hyperpigmentation (the higher the SPF the better). If you happen to have an uneven skin tone, look for a tinted moisturizer that contains vitamin C, which will help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, says that the moisturizing lotion that you choose should continually protect your face all day and keep it moisturized. If your face is really hurting because it’s so dry, look for a medicated skin moisturizer (a drugstore pharmacist can direct you to a good over-the-counter option) and make an appointment with a dermatologist.

The Skin Toner Debate

Some estheticians say that face toner is essential to rebalancing the pH of your skin after you cleanse it. Other professionals say toner is unnecessary because your skin’s pH will go back to normal after an hour or so. The choice to use skin toner is personal. If you feel like you need a skin toner to reduce the size of your pores after you wash your face, look for a toner that doesn’t contain alcohol or witch hazel because your skin will dry out even more and become ashy. Instead, spritz rosewater, lavender water, orange flower water or a mix of cooled chamomile and green teas onto your face. These natural ingredients are soothing and act like a natural astringent.

What to Avoid

While it may sound soothing, never let a moisturizer with mineral oil near your face if you want to keep it kissable. The higher levels of melanin in African-American skin can make it more sensitive to certain ingredients. Mineral oil, parabens, dioxanes, phthalates and oxybenzone can clog your pores and have the potential to irritate your skin and cause dark patches to form. If a bottle of moisturizer or toner just states that it contains “fragrances” in the list of ingredients, put it back on the shelf. An undisclosed fragrance has the potential to harm your already sensitive skin.

Your Skin Care Routine

Moisturizing your skin is only one small, yet important, step in a beauty regimen. Whenever you wash and rinse your face, do so with warm water because hot water actually causes your skin to become dry, according to Crutchfield. Even taking a hot shower can take a toll on your dry skin. Cleanse your face with a product that contains glycerin, petrolatum or hyaluronic acid but doesn’t create suds. Then gently pat your face dry with a soft towel. If you feel that you need it, spritz on some toner. Crutchfield says to finish up your skin care routine by immediately applying moisturizer to your face. To help your skin stay hydrated, drink eight cups of water a day and watch your salt intake.

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3 Simple Steps for Noticeably Better Skin in One Week – From Dr. Crutchfield

3 action steps for better skin now:

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1) Gently cleanse your skin daily with a non-drying cleanser.

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2) Bathe/shower daily, but immediately gently pat dry with a cotton towel and liberally apply a moisturizer all over. Make sure you apply the moisturizer all over twice daily.

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3) Protect from the sun using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and stated “UVB protection.”

If you follow these simple steps, you will notice better skin in one week. Also, try Dr. Crutchfield’s face cream

With fall and winter comes dry, itchy skin

Here’s a strategy to beat it

What is the cause of dry skin?

Dry skin is itchy skin. There are many conditions that can cause dry, itchy skin. The most common player that produces dry skin is the cold, dry air of winter. Also, hot showers without moisturizing afterward, and harsh and drying detergent soaps can make matters much worse.

Also, as we age, the skin does not produce as many natural moisturizing oils. So age brings on dry skin, too. Continue reading With fall and winter comes dry, itchy skin

Dry Ashy Skin – What To Do About It

Hi, this is Dr. Charles Crutchfield clinical professor of dermatology and medical director at Crutchfield Dermatology.

Today we are going to talk about ashy or dry skin.

This is a problem that I see in all patients; but when one has tan,  brown, or dark brown skin, the dry skin tends to turn silvery white. Continue reading Dry Ashy Skin – What To Do About It

Best Inexpensive Dry Skin Care Products You Can Buy – Dr. Crutchfield on ABC Channel 5

Well John, with winter weather here- so is that dry skin. So are you itching to find out how to prevent it? Dermatologist Dr. Charles Crutchfield joins us this morning. Thank you so much for being here. Thanks for having me. We appreciate it

If we don’t deal with this dry skin right away, it can lead to some very serious problems?

Dry Skin Winter 2014- 2015Absolutely, dry skin, the nice thing about Winter in Minnesota is they’re are good treatments that are inexpensive that you can really have nice skin throughout the Winter.

You’re right. Without proper skin protection and care you can have some problems. Let’s talk about some of these things here these aren’t the high priced items right?

That’s the key. You can have a good quality healthy skin in the winter without having to pay expensive prices.

There are four principles I look at: 1 gentle cleansing, 2 moisturization, 3 protection, and 4 correction. That means a gentle cleanser like Vanicream, Cetaphyl, or Dove. Good moisturizers like Saravay or Aveeno

You can also protect with good sunscreens SkinCeuticals, Neutrogena things like that. And then you can correct with the new anti-oxidants

Aveeno has that, and so does Eucerin.

Basically when you are looking through all of these, you recommend these Aveeno we get at the drug store.

Yeah absolutely. Once again, you don’t have to pay a high price to have good quality skin care products.

What’s your other advice? We have some pictures too of some more severe examples of what can happen to dry skin if you don’t a correct things.

Yes. Now this is a condition called Eczema and this comes from having just dry skin on the legs are not moisturized. When it gets to this point you probably need the help of a board-certified dermatologist

Okay, and your website is you have a lot of other tips for people?

Yes. Lots of other tips, and we have a full list of all the products and also some other helpful information the last picture on there’s the Minnesota Winter foot and we have advice on how to take care that that’s a problem I see my office all the time

Yeah that is common. All right! Thank you so much Dr. Crutchfield we appreciate it

It’s nice to know that we don’t have to spend too much money.


How To Improve Your Dry Skin During Cold Months

Dr. Crutchfield, what can I do improve the quality of my skin, especially in these dry winter months?

www.dandavisstudios.comGreat question. Walk into the skin care/cosmetic area of any major department store, and it is dizzying to see the hundreds, if not thousands, of choices for skin care. To complicate matters, there are sales people wearing white coats, looking like either mad scientists or doctors, who are all too eager to recommend their company’s multi-step skin care program.

Even in our homes, we are flooded with late-night infomercials touting the latest products that promise to solve your skin-care woes. The good news is, smart skin care can be a simple four-step process: cleansing, hydration, protection and correction.

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1.  Cleansing

Cleansers with either no detergent or a very low detergent value help preserve the natural oils in your skin. You don’t need harsh cleansers or exfoliants; just use a cotton washcloth. Your skin will naturally exfoliate itself. Continue reading How To Improve Your Dry Skin During Cold Months

Dry Scalp Care

We came in happy that Dr. Crutchfield would be able to help my son with his dry scalp, and were ecstatic with the results! After a few weeks of following the doctor’s directions, the condition completely went away! My son has been thrilled to not worry about this problem anymore and we can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Crutchfield Dermatology! -A.M.

Dry Skin Relief

Dry Skin TreatmentWe came in happy that Dr. Crutchfield would be able to help my son with his dry scalp, and were ecstatic with the results! After a few weeks of following the doctor’s directions, the condition completely went away! My son has been thrilled to not worry about this problem anymore and we can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Crutchfield Dermatology!


Pediatric News Atopic Dermatitis

pediatric dermatologistPediatricians can play an essential role in diagnosis, counseling, and management of atopic eczema. Your decision to treat these children and adolescents in your practice largely depends on your comfort level and the progression of their condition over time. In general, referral to a dermatology colleague is not warranted unless you are unsure about some aspect of the condition, or the eczema fails to improve.

To diagnose atopic eczema, look for the telltale signs, especially the cracking and fissuring of the skin on the flexural folds of the arms and legs. Besides the flexural areas of arms and legs, atopic eczema often presents on the cheeks, but can manifest anywhere on the body.

Counseling is paramount because eczema is not an individual patient disease; it affects the entire family. Parents must spend an inordinate amount of time taking care of the affected child, thereby reducing time with siblings. In addition, the condition is very, very itchy. The extreme pruritus that characterizes atopic eczema often keeps the child and parent awake at night, which can, in turn, negatively affect the next day for children at school and parents at work.

Provide information on eczema to educate everyone in the family, extended family, and anyone who participates in the child’s care. From the outset, they need to understand that optimal outcome will require a long-term commitment. Atopic eczema needs to be managed and controlled for years because there is no magic bullet or cure. Continue reading Pediatric News Atopic Dermatitis

4 Tips To Ward Off Dry Skin in Winter

With cold weather comes dry skin. This is largely due to going into buildings and areas that are heated- that heat sucks all the hydration from your skin. Here’s 4 ways to help your skin during these harsh months of the year.

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1. Slather on Moisturizer
Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to use a richer moisturizer. The earlier in the season you start using it the better off your skin will look later.


2. Plug In The Humidifier
Having a humidifier on near your desk during a work day, or on your night stand as you sleep will increase the amount of water not only in the air, but also in your skin as you breath in the water filled air.

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3. Ban Hot Baths
And hot showers. The heat actually strips your skin of moisture. So take a warm bath or shower instead of a hot one.

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4. After A Bath Apply Oil
A trend this year is the use of skin oils instead of lotion because they can be used on hair, skin, and scalp. Lotions can’t really compete.

Stay tuned for more tips, and as always, contact Crutchfield Dermatology today for your skin care dermatology needs.