Study: Consistent Skin Care Helps Dry Skin

Research aimed to understand how using daily skin care such as a mild cleanser and moisturizer impacts skin health.

A randomized, investigator-blinded study recently published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment evaluated 52 patients with moderate to severe dry skin to determine how a daily skin care routine of a mild cleanser and moisturizer impacts skin health and quality-of-life (QoL).1 While it is known that moisturizing skin care products can have beneficial effects on dry skin, the role of a daily skin care routine is understudied, according to authors.

Of the 52 patients included in the trial, 39 used mild cleanser and moisturizer twice daily for 2 weeks and the other 13 patients used mild cleanser without moisturizer. The total clinical score (TSC) which included erythema, scale and fissures, Visual Dryness Score (VDS), and subjective itch-related quality-of-life (ItchyQoL) data were collected.

There was significantly more improvement in TCS and VDS in the treatment group vs control after 2 weeks. Also, in the 3 components of IthcyQoL, symptoms, functioning, and emotions, the treatment group demonstrated a greater improvement compared to the control group. More than 80% of the patients in the treatment group also agreed that the regimen led to a decrease in both dryness and itch while improving the skin texture.

Overall, a consistent skin care regimen should be an integral component of management of dry skin, the authors concluded.


1. Kim S, Ly BK, Ha JH, et al. A consistent skin care regimen leads to objective and subjective improvements in dry human skin: investigator-blinded randomized clinical trial. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2020;0(0):1-6. doi:10.1080/09546634.2020.1751037

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