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Don't Let Your Skin Take a Backseat As You Prepare for Winter
Date:1/11/2012

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Snow tires? Check! Anti-freeze? Check! Window scraper? Check! Gloves? Check! Moisturizer? Oops! Just like a car, you need to prepare your skin for the effects of winter. Blasting furnaces and extreme temperature changes can result in skin that is rough, flaky, and downright unsightly. This year, put the brakes on severe dry skin before it starts with AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion. Wrap yourself in this intensely hydrating moisturizer containing 12% lactic acid, a clinically proven alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), ideal for dry skin that is about to be aggravated by the harsh winter elements.  With AmLactin®, the only flakes you'll experience this season will be the snowy kind.

"Fluctuations in temperature can make winter as rough on your skin as it can be on your mood," said Dr. Alan Fleischer, professor in the department of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "As the weather changes, people should ramp up their moisturizer. During the cold weather months, I recommend applying a moisturizer with 12% a lactic acid twice a day to restore the natural softness winter extremes strip away."

In addition to being affected by seasonal weather changes, dry skin can occur at any time in life due to aging, harsh soaps, or detergents.  It can also be associated with a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris (KP).  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 40 percent of the population may have KP. Sufferers may experience a higher incidence of outbreaks of dry skin associated with KP in cold weather due to harsh, dry conditions.

About Keratosis Pilaris (KP)
People with KP may experience flesh-colored or red bumps around hair follicles on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks, along with extremely rough, dry skin. There is no cure for KP, and its cause remains unknown; however, it tends to run in families.&
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