(HealthDay News) -- Dry skin may be itchy and even painful, but with proper care, it can be managed and even prevented.

The American Skin Association suggests how to manage dry skin:

  • Take a short shower in warm, not hot, water. Avoid long, hot baths that can dry the skin.
  • Several times a day, lather your skin with a rich moisturizing cream. Make sure the cream doesn't contain alcohol.
  • Wash skin with a gentle cleanser. Avoid harsh soaps and antibacterial soaps.
  • Run a humidifier.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol.
  • Protect the skin from winter weather with gloves, a scarf and a hat.
  • Don't scratch or rub the skin.
  • Avoid irritating or itchy clothing.