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    Battling Dry Facial Skin

    Hey everyone,

    I've been commuting on my bike every weekday since July, and as winter rolls around so does this disposition. I've started to get dry skin on my face, especially around my nose, forehead, and eyebrows. At first it wasn't too bad, but now it's to the point that i'm having to use face moisturizer multiple time per day.

    So, i'd like to see if anyone else has this problem and what you do to prevent/subdue this inconvenience?

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    Originally Posted by Leebo

    Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
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    Tailwinds make me feel like Superman and headwinds make me feel like Lois Lane.

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    Neosporin Eczema Essentials is what I use. it works great for me.

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    Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion is really great without creating any problems between oily/dry balance. Their Face Defense SPF-15 is a good one for low sun exposure along with windburn, and for super-dry and sun exposed issues check out their Essential-C Day Moisture SPF-30.
    Little bit on the pricey side, but a very little goes a long way with their stuff. (Save on shipping if you have a Sephora store local to you, same price as the company's website and you can get reward points.)
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    Seriously, Vaseline or A&D Ointment (my preference) will clear it up and prevent it in the future. Just a thin layer rubbed in...I'll be you only need to apply it every other ride, even, though I'd use it a couple of days back to back to get rid of the preexisting dryness and flakiness.

    Depending on your skin type, you may want to treat with A&D to clear it up then retreat back to a lighter weight moisturizer for regular daily use, reverting back to A&D when it's particularly cold and dry.

    It's a miracle, A&D, and it's cheap and easy to find.
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    just get some facial moisturizer!

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    Thanks for all the replies!
    I'll go ahead and try a few out. the one i'm currently using just doesn't seem to do the trick.

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    I apply a little Neosporin or Polysporin on the dry areas before going to bed. Works for me.

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    More Sunscreen.. or ... Move,
    we had 173 inches of moisturizer, falling in the past month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantfree035 View Post
    Thanks for all the replies!
    I'll go ahead and try a few out. the one i'm currently using just doesn't seem to do the trick.
    No, that's right, any ol' moisturizer won't work, especially if you have to "repair" a damaged area first. I am confident A&D Ointment will work like a charm.
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    Wait a minute...
    we had 173 inches of moisturizer, falling in the past month.
    That's 14' of rain? In a month? You better get Noah on the phone quick! I had the opportunity this past summer to relocate (didn't- long story) to Hilo, HI which to my understanding is the wettest city in the USA, and it had average of 125" of rain per year, not month.

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    I don't see any issue with moisturizing. I do it every morning whether or not I ride, and if I get chapped skin from cold weather, I'll moisturize the hell out of it. Gotta maintain that smooth skin.

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    I don't have that problem, but would a face mask be too warm? It would keep the wind from drying out your skin.

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    I gave up battling dry facial skin a long long time ago. Just rubbing my face instantly gives it that "powdered" look! I basically only deal with it when the worst area over the right hand corner of my mouth turns red and starts shedding those hard flakes of skin. I'm just doomed to be dry.

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    Vaseline (or Mentholatum) does pretty well, and seems to keep my face warmer in the cold when my face is really dry. Dove does well for a while, but washes off in a hot shower, and it feels cooler to me while riding.

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    I use Badger Balm.

    Hint - Put it on before you ride. Not after the damage is already done.

    http://www.badgerbalm.com/


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    On dry windy days, I'll put some Bag Balm on my nose and cheek bones. Before I apply it to the other place, not the other way around.
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    I use petroleum jelly. And baby oil if I need to spread it. I read somewhere once that the more effective lotions always have these 2 ingredients and I found this to be true from my experience. I also use a hand sanitizer to remove the oil from my hands.

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    I spoke to a relative of a friend who is an RN about my dry skin. She suggested using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) because lotion dries out too quickly. It seems to work for me.

    Said friend also recommended Corn Huskers Lotion for my cracked, bloody knuckles. I don't like all the chemical names in ingredients but my knuckles healed up after two days of use at night before bed. Maybe they were already on the recovery. I usually use the PJ in winter for hands at night.

    Cracked knuckles are very irritating! Dry and flaky facial skin sucks too. Now, I'm dealing with my lips!
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    Interesting reading. I only started using moisturizers a couple years ago, which mysteriously coincides with me commuting by bike. I'm not normally a spotty person, but I find a lot of products clog up pores and give me spots. Anyone with a similar issue have a favourite they wish to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newkie View Post
    Interesting reading. I only started using moisturizers a couple years ago, which mysteriously coincides with me commuting by bike. I'm not normally a spotty person, but I find a lot of products clog up pores and give me spots. Anyone with a similar issue have a favourite they wish to share?
    See my above post regarding the brand Murad. They have a balancing moisturizer which is part of their acne treatment regimen, so it's designed not to clog pores and cause problems.
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    I'm replying to remind me to look for what I used that was great, cuz i hunted for the best stuff for a while and was happy with what I settled on.
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