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What should teens do for dry and flaky skin?

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If your skin is dry and flaky, here's what you can do:

Sometimes flaking is caused by a medical condition that needs special treatment. If you also have flaky scalp and flaking is mainly in the middle of your forehead and either side of your nose, you should see your doctor.

  • Avoid taking hot showers and baths. These can remove moisture from the skin.
  • Use a gel when shaving. Follow with a moisturizer.
  • Be sure to use sunscreen year-round.

From: FAQ About Teens and Facial Skin Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin," "Hygiene Basics," "Can Acne Scars Be Removed?" "Shaving."

University of Utah Health Care: "Treating Teen Acne."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sarah's Skin Care Tips."

University of Texas Medical School at Houston: "Chemical Peel."

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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