When the weather turns cold, it\u2019s not uncommon to experience dry, flaky skin on your face and neck. These dry patches can be uncomfortable \u2014 and sometimes unsightly. While a good moisturizer can help address flaky skin, a combination of prevention and treatment is the best approach.\nHere\u2019s what you can try at home and when to contact your doctor or dermatologist.\nGet expert dermatology care in Pennsylvania, when you need it. Learn more about UPMC eDermatology. \nCommon Causes of Dry Skin\nMost cases of dry skin on your face are mild and will clear up with time. However, dry patches can sometimes indicate something more serious, so contact your dermatologist if dryness doesn\u2019t go away or is severely itchy. Seeing a doctor is especially important if you don\u2019t know what\u2019s causing the dryness.\n\n\n \n\nCommon conditions that can trigger dry skin include:\n\nPsoriasis\nEczema\nDandruff\nHypothyroidism\nDiabetes\nPoor nutrition\n\nIf your doctor rules these out, the dry skin on your face may be caused by a lack of moisture in your skin. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can try at home to get softer, smoother skin.\nRELATED: Are Makeup Brushes Causing Your Acne?\nTips to Combat Dry Skin\nThese tips can help to soothe dry patches on your face and body.\nBathe wisely\nWater can strip your skin of its oils, leading to dryness. Limit baths or showers to five to 10 minutes, and use warm water, not hot. Choose mild soaps, and don\u2019t over lather. When it\u2019s time to dry off, blot your skin with a towel rather than rubbing it.\nMoisturize\nAccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, it\u2019s better to use moisturizers in cream or ointment form rather than lotions, since these are more effective at trapping moisture in the skin. Look for products that contain soothing ingredients such as:\n\nJojoba oil\nShea butter\nAcetic acid\nUrea\nHyaluronic acid\nDimethicone\nGlycerin\nLanolin\nMineral oil\nPetrolatum\n\nApply moisturizer immediately after bathing and each time you wash your face, following the instructions provided.\nCheck your skin products\nYou may get dry patches on your face because you\u2019re sensitive or allergic to fragrances, dyes, or a chemical in the product. Stop using those products to see if that makes a difference.\nWhen you\u2019re shopping for cosmetics, choose products labeled hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Products that contain retinoids or alcohol are especially drying, so avoid them in the winter.\nAddress the air\nDry indoor air can contribute to facial dryness, particularly in the winter. Use a humidifier in your home to add moisture and prevent dry, flaky skin.\nDry skin can be irritating, but it doesn\u2019t have to interfere with your life. For more advice on healing dry skin, contact your doctor or make an appointment with the UPMC Department of Dermatology.