Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education
Appropriate Management of Dry Skin: What Pharmacists Need to Know
Danielle C. Ezzo, PharmD, BCPS, GCP
Associate Clinical Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice, St. John's University , College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, Queens, NY
Clinical Coordinator of Ambulatory Care, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
Dry skin is a common condition that impacts patients’ level of discomfort, and ultimately quality of life. Almost all patients will experience a component of dry skin at some point in their lives. This activity will examine the importance of cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen in maintaining healthy skin; discuss complications of dry skin; compare the structure of the skin in normal vs. dry skin; identify other conditions that have a component of dry skin, including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis; discuss the management of dry skin, including nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments; and identify the pharmacist's role in the management of the condition.
Upon completing the program, participants should be able to:
Review epidemiology and pathophysiology of dry skin and its resulting complications.
Identify management strategies for taking care of dry skin, including essential elements in moisturizers.
Counsel patients on appropriate management of dry skin and itchy dry skin.
September 15, 2013
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