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Dermatol Ther. 2008 Sep-Oct;21(5):416-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2008.00225.x.

Benefits of an emollient body wash for patients with chronic winter dry skin.

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Department of Dermatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois 60612, USA.


This randomized 5-week study assessed the clinical benefits of a high-emollient body wash versus a regular bar cleanser in terms of improving chronic winter dry skin condition. After 4 weeks, subjects who washed daily with a high-emollient body wash exhibited a significant reduction in all dermatologist-assessed dry skin attributes and improvements in self-evaluated skin condition when compared with baseline measures. Those subjects who washed with a regular bar cleanser experienced a minimal to marked increase in dermatologist-assessed and self-assessed dry skin attributes when compared with baseline. These findings suggested that bathing with a high-emollient body wash, as opposed to a regular bar cleanser, can reduce xerosis symptoms and improve skin health and appearance without the additional use of a moisturizer.

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