Top Derm Advice for Dry Skin Issues

By Erica Metzger

We asked if you had dry skin and you told us: Yes, yes and yes! Luckily, we've got a direct line to top derms who can fix your winter skin problems.

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"My Lips Flake and Crack"

"The winter is the worst for my lips. I put on lip balm before bed, but the next day it's the same battle."
-Lisa DiRaimo, Warwick, Rhode Island

The Rx: "Your lips won't absorb the balm if there's a layer of dead skin on top," says Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. To get rid of the flakes, apply a dab of lip scrub (or mix sugar and water together to make your own). Afterward, coat your lips with balm -- the milder, the better. (We like Aquaphor Lip Repair, $4.50.) Avoid medicated formulas that contain camphor or menthol, since they can irritate already-chapped skin.

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