How to Get Rid of Dry, Patchy Spots on the Skin

Put the smooth back in rough skin with moisturizing treatments.

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Life is sure to throw you a few rough spots as you tromp through the glamorous life. But as a strong, empowered woman, you trudge on. When dry, patchy spots on the skin throw your glamorous look into turmoil, move forward with the same zest to combat and clear your classy complexion. Just by stepping up your cleansing and moisturizing routine, you can restore silky smooth skin and elegantly hurdle past this little bump in life's road.


Clean up patchy spots by cleansing once a day with a mild cleanser. Choose a product that is free from fragrance, deodorant or alcohol to maintain moisture in your skin. Gently rub the cleanser into your skin, focusing especially on dry, patchy spots. Don't scrub too hard -- harsh scrubbing can cause your skin to peel and flake. Rinse your skin with warm water and a washcloth.


Remove dry patchy spots with a chemical exfoliant. Squeeze a dab of the gritty mixture into your hands and gently rub it on rough skin spots. According to Dr. Neal Schultz of, exfoliants help to remove thick, callous-like skin that builds up on knees and elbows. Rinse thoroughly with a washcloth and warm water.


Pamper your skin by applying a moisturizing mask once each week. It's a perfect excuse for some "me" time. Apply the mask to your face and body, targeting rough, dry patches of skin. Let the mask dry for at least 15 minutes while you get your pampering on. Rinse with warm water and a washcloth.


Slap on a generous amount of moisturizer to achieve silky smooth skin. Moisturizers with mineral oil, lanolin and petrolatum break down dry, peeling skin. However, if your body is prone to pesky pimples, opt for an oil-free moisturizer to ward off potential breakouts.


Limit your time soaking up the suds. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, overexposure to hot water can rob your body of natural oils, causing your skin to dry out even more. Reduce baths and showers to 10 minutes max and turn down the heat to a lukewarm temperature.

Things You'll Need



3.Chemical exfoliant


2.Mild cleanser

4.Moisturizing cream


Tips & Tricks


Reduce your beach bathing time. The sun's rays can dry out your skin even more. If limiting sun exposure is not an option, thoroughly coat your skin with a moisturizing sunscreen to protect your bodacious bod.


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