Every winter, it’s the same story: the weather gets cold outside, the heat turns on inside, and the skin on your hands becomes dry, itchy, and cracked. Sound familiar? The heaters that keep us warm inside remove humidity from the air, which can dry out your skin. Plus, exposure to the cold and washing hands to avoid sickness can mean painful cracks and rashes all winter long.
You probably feel like you’ve tried everything—lotions, creams, and ointments. But your search for relief doesn’t have to end with what’s available in the grocery store or pharmacy. There are a number of remedies that many people aren’t aware of, like dermatology compounded medications, which can be custom-made to treat and soothe your dry skin.
What Are Dermatology Compounded Medications?
Compounded dermatology medications are made by your compounding pharmacist to fit your individual health needs. The pharmacist can combine ingredients based on the severity of your dry skin, skin type, and preferences for the type of medication or avoiding ingredients such as gluten or dyes.
The benefits of compounding dermatological products include:
- Customized delivery. Do thick creams make your skin crawl? Are ointments too oily for you? Common dermatology medications can be formulated to fit your preferred delivery, whether that’s a gel, cream, lotion, solution, or ointment.
- Custom dosing. Commercially available medications don’t have a lot of dosage options, especially if you need a low or high dose of an active ingredient. Compounded dermatology medications can be made according to the dose that best fits your needs.
- Avoid allergies or sensitivities. If your skin is sensitive to certain ingredients, your medication can be created without them to make the perfect remedy.
- Treat children and babies. Young children have sensitive skin, and a compounding pharmacist can customize a formula that is gentle and effective.
Common Compounded Dermatology Medications for Dry Skin
Compounded dermatology medications can be used to treat dry skin and hands in the wintertime. Your compounding pharmacist can create a medication that fits your needs, using active ingredients shown to improve the symptoms of dry skin.
Common dermatology medications that treat dry skin include:
- Corticosteroids: Treats eczema and other skin conditions
- Non-steroidal ointment: A treatment free from steroids that treats dry skin from eczema and atopic dermatitis
- Urea: A topical medication used to soften dry skin
- Hydrocortisone: A steroid that treats skin inflammation and itching
A compounding pharmacist may use these and other active ingredients to help your skin heal and retain moisture through the winter.
Get Relief Today
If you have dry hands in the winter, there’s no need to keep suffering. Strive Pharmacy is ready to help you find compounding dermatological products to treat cracked, itchy, painful hands.