Video: Managing Dry Skin from Plunging Temperatures Requires Serious Care; Skin Expert Recommends Adding Moisturizer with Lactic Acid to Your Winter Beauty Bag

Thursday, October 29, 2009 General News
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MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 28 While controlling the winter weather which is looming just around the corner is impossible, managing the dry skin that can come from plunging temperatures is not.

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"Heading into winter in a cold climate without a good moisturizer is like not owning a shovel," said Dr. Alan Fleischer, professor and chair of the department of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "I recommend a serious moisturizer that contains lactic acid like AmLactin® to people suffering from really dry skin to prepare for the winter months."

In addition to seasonal weather changes, dry skin can occur at any time in life due to aging, harsh soaps or detergents, or it can also be associated with a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris (KP). Approximately 40 percent of the world's population has KP.(1) Sufferers may experience a higher incidence of outbreaks in cold weather.

"Mysterious, small red bumps commonly found on the arms may be the result of KP which also can be exacerbated by cold due to low humidity levels and forced indoor air that dry out the skin," said Dr. Fleischer. "People with dry skin, regardless of the cause, should avoid hot water, use mild soap and moisturize immediately after bathing or showering with a product that contains lactic acid, like AmLactin®."

The AmLactin® family of moisturizers recently launched, a website devoted to the management of dry skin and the dry skin associated with KP. The website features Laurie Rose, also known as Miss Little Red Bumps, and is designed to entertain and inform people who are searching for information about dry skin that can accompany KP including tips from Dr. Fleisher. The site also offers visitors valuable coupons for the AmLactin® family of moisturizers, including AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion and Cream, AmLactin XL® Moisturizing Lotion and AmLactin® Foot Cream Therapy.

For more information, visit

About Keratosis Pilaris and

There is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris (KP) and the cause remains unknown, however it tends to run in families. People with KP may experience flesh-colored or red bumps around hair follicles on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks, extremely dry skin and, in some cases, itching.(1,2) It is important to be aware that other medical conditions can mimic KP, so people with these symptoms should visit a doctor or dermatologist to confirm a diagnosis. and The AmLactin® family of moisturizers are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition. Some skin conditions may be worsened by moisturizers, so people should always follow their doctor's skin care recommendations.

About AmLactin®

The AmLactin® family of moisturizers are the No. 1 dermatologist and podiatrist recommended moisturizers and are available at retailers nationwide and at,4) AmLactin® contains lactic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance that attracts water molecules to the skin to keep it hydrated. The AmLactin® family of moisturizers line includes: AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion, AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Cream, AmLactin XL® Moisturizing Lotion and AmLactin® Foot Cream Therapy. AmLactin® Foot Cream Therapy bears the Seal of Approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

AmLactin® and AmLactin XL® are very effective moisturizers to help manage dry skin and, specifically, the dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris. AmLactin XL® contains the proprietary ULTRAPLEX® formula, a high-potency alpha-hydroxy blend. AmLactin XL® is clinically proven to provide superior hydration and is recommended by dermatologists for severe dry skin.

For more information, call 800-654-2299 or visit For complete directions and cautions, please refer to individual product labels.

For a more light-hearted yet informative source for information about dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris, visit our site,

About Upsher-Smith

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a rapidly-growing pharmaceutical company that manufactures and markets both prescription and consumer products. Privately held since 1919, the company strives to recognize the unmet healthcare needs of its customers. Upsher-Smith prides itself on providing safe, effective and economical therapies to the ever-challenged healthcare environment. For additional information, visit


2. Nili, A. "Keratosis Pilaris." September 2008.

3. Kloos Donoghue S. Podiatry management annual practice survey. Podiatry Management. February 2009

4. Most recommended moisturizing product for rough, dry skin. Omnibus Study. Dermatology Times. May 2009

SOURCE Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

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