Dry Skin and Running

Introduction


Participating in sports is part of a healthy lifestyle, but there are a number of skin conditions that can result from these activities and hamper performance and enjoyment. Runners are prone to skin problems caused by increased moisture or friction or damaging elements like cold, sunlight, and infection. Common weather-related problems include frostbite, dry skin, sunburn, and fever blisters. Many of these can be prevented by keeping the skin dry, clean, and protected.

Symptoms of Dry Skin

 

Dry skin tends to be thin and fragile, with almost invisible pores. It often feels tight or rough to the touch. You may be born with dry skin or it may become that way as you age, when oil production gradually declines. Even those with normal or oily skin may experience dryness when running in climates with very low humidity. Cold weather running also dries the skin. Whatever its cause, dry skin needs a little extra care to look its best.

 

Treatment of Dry Skin

 

Apply a moisturizing cream twice daily such as flexitol heel balm to the feet and legs.
Avoid over-drying your face by staying away from facial scrubs or harsh soaps.


Those with very dry skin should wash their face only once a day, preferably in the evening. Rinse very well to remove any soap residue. While your skin is still damp, apply a moisturizer; this will help it retain water. At night, you may need a heavier cream around the eyes or on other dry spots. If skin remains dry and flaky despite gentle care, or if redness, itching, and other symptoms develop, consult a dermatologist. You may have a condition that requires treatment by a doctor.