Preventing Dark Spots at Home

by Shaun Damon

Caring for dry skin is never easy, especially since it vulnerable to a variety of skin conditions. You are already suffering from intense itching that has now led to some level of scarring on the legs. If you also notice any patches of skin that are slightly darker than your skin tone and are peeling off, you may have a case of eczema (dermatitis). A similar condition is called psoriasis, which causes skin inflammation and burning sensations. In addition, it would appear that your action of scratching has led to skin breaks. This is especially a problem in dry skin, since any infecting organism will take away moisture from the skin, making it drier and worsening the condition. It is advisable to immediately visit your doctor for prescription medication that can reduce your discomfort.

There are several home treatment solutions that will help you deal with the itchiness and reduce the dryness of the skin. One of the best remedies for itching on your legs would be immerse them in a bath containing lukewarm water with sea salt and cornstarch. This eases the itching sensation and reduces any inflammation. Always avoid hot water on your skin since it tends to take any crucial moisture from the skin. Try switching from your regular soap to a brand containing moisturizing oils or glycerin. Avoid rubbing your skin harshly with towels and moisturize it while still damp. You can also apply aloe vera gel to your legs. This will help to sooth the inflamed skin, trap the natural moisturizing skin oils, and prevent any secondary bacterial infections. Aloe vera would have also helped to avoid the minor scars that you have, since it helps heal minor cuts and scratches. Tea tree oil is another natural wonder that has excellent antimicrobial properties. You can apply it directly on the affected skin with cotton swabs, or put a few drops in your bathwater.

Use a salicylic acid cleaner on your feet, since it is very effective in removing dead skill cells, allowing your skin to "breathe" better. If your legs are exposed to sunlight when outdoors, use sunscreen. In fact, you should always apply a good product with SPF 15 or higher to all exposed areas, since UV radiation is very harmful to dry skin. Avoid clothing made with artificial fibers, and use natural fibers such as cotton or wool. These feel smother against your dry skin, reducing irritation. Maintain a low-fat, healthy diet that provides your skin with all the nutrition it needs.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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