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What can I do for Ashy Skin?

Ashy skin, often a sign of dryness, craves deep hydration and gentle exfoliation. Opt for rich, nourishing moisturizers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and shea butter. Regularly exfoliate with a mild scrub to remove dead cells, revealing smoother skin. Curious about the perfect routine for your skin type? Discover how to banish ashiness for good in our comprehensive guide.
B. Miller
B. Miller

Ashy skin is a type of dry skin that affects people of every skin type and race, but is more noticeable on tanned or darker complexions. Ashy skin can be noticed when areas of the skin appear slightly whiter than the rest of the skin, or when the skin has a dull, chalky, flaky appearance overall. The best treatments for this type of dry skin are exfoliation and moisturization.

The best place to begin treating ashy skin is with a thorough exfoliating treatment to remove any dead skin on the surface. To exfoliate the skin, choose a body or facial scrub designed for the purpose. These will likely contain an exfoliating ingredient designed to slough off dry skin, such as apricot pieces, small plastic beads, oatmeal, sugar, or salt, among others.

A body scrub exfoliates dead skin cells off one's body.
A body scrub exfoliates dead skin cells off one's body.

When exfoliating the body, dampen small areas, and then apply the exfoliating scrub, rubbing it into the skin for a minute or two before rinsing off. Do this over the entire body, or just the places that appear dull and dry if necessary. The water you use should be warm, but not hot. In general, it is also a good idea to avoid using body washes, body scrubs, or other cleansers that contain soap, which is extremely drying.

Cocoa butter-based moisturizers can add moisture after defoliating ashy skin.
Cocoa butter-based moisturizers can add moisture after defoliating ashy skin.

Do not use an exfoliating scrub designed for the body on the face; it will likely be too harsh for the delicate skin there. You may also use an exfoliating body wash every day in the shower to maintain the new, fresh appearance of the skin. Choose one that is designed for everyday use with a bath pouf or wash cloth. A body wash designed for everyday use will be gentler than an exfoliating scrub, and you can choose one with moisturizers included for an added benefit to treat ashy skin.

Conventional soaps can dry the skin.
Conventional soaps can dry the skin.

After the skin has been thoroughly exfoliated, it is time to apply moisturizer. Choose a deep moisturizer designed for the face that will not clog pores, and be sure to apply it both morning and night. For the body, it may be simpler to use rich moisturizers like cocoa butter or shea butter, as they will be able to deeply penetrate and soften the skin. Oil-based moisturizers are also often very effective in treating ashy skin, and should also be applied in the morning and before bed.

Exfoliating soaps containing moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal help brighten skin.
Exfoliating soaps containing moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal help brighten skin.

Once the ashy appearance of the skin has been improved, maintain the new, fresh look by applying moisturizer every day and exfoliating regularly. You may also choose to receive regular exfoliating treatments at a salon or spa. If skin remains dry, itchy, or red, it may be necessary to visit a dermatologist to rule out any allergies or other skin conditions.

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Discussion Comments

anon356824

All I wanted was a product that can help me stop ashing. But this just had to be complex.

CellMania

@momothree: Yes, if lotion doesn’t work then you can always try oils. Since oil is greasy it will leave your skin very slick, therefore, removing the ash. Also, it will add an extra shiny coat to your skin which is always a good look. Baby oil would probably be the best type to use as well as mineral oil.

momothree

I’ve tried using lotion as suggested, but I still have really ashy skin. It seems like no matter how often I moisturize I just can’t get rid of this white stuff on my skin. Is there any other way to rid my legs of ash? I've tried several different skin products.

calabama71

Ashy skin normally comes from a lack of lotion. The best time to rejuvenate your skin with lotion is after bathing, in the morning, and before you go to bed. This way your skin stays replenished with moisturizer all day.

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    • A body scrub exfoliates dead skin cells off one's body.
      By: kubais
      A body scrub exfoliates dead skin cells off one's body.
    • Cocoa butter-based moisturizers can add moisture after defoliating ashy skin.
      By: svl861
      Cocoa butter-based moisturizers can add moisture after defoliating ashy skin.
    • Conventional soaps can dry the skin.
      By: Lsantilli
      Conventional soaps can dry the skin.
    • Exfoliating soaps containing moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal help brighten skin.
      By: Timmary
      Exfoliating soaps containing moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal help brighten skin.
    • Some facial cleansers can be extremely drying to skin, so it is especially important to use one that is designed for a person's skin type.
      By: ipag
      Some facial cleansers can be extremely drying to skin, so it is especially important to use one that is designed for a person's skin type.
    • A non-comedogenic moisturizer or lotion may help counter dry and ashy skin.
      By: Africa Studio
      A non-comedogenic moisturizer or lotion may help counter dry and ashy skin.