Dry skin is characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the epidermis, the most superficial layer of your skin. This unsightly and uncomfortable skin condition can be mild or chronic. Some symptoms include a feeling of skin tightness, rough patches, shrunken or dehydrated skin, fine lines or cracks, redness, scaling or peeling and itching. The condition can affect your hands, face, arms, lower abdomen, legs, soles and ankles.
Dry Skin Weather Related
The sun, cold temperatures, winter wind and low humidity are some weather elements that can cause this skin condition. You should prepare your skin by using an oil-based moisturizer that can penetrate, protect and prevent water from evaporating.
Dry Skin Moisture-Robbing Soaps
Soaps are made using different ingredients. Some may be quite harsh and can remove the oils on the skin. The more you use the harsh soaps the more you are damaging your skin and leaving it exposed to dryness. Avoid bar soaps and instead use mild soap that moisturizes and cleanses your skin. You can use a soap that is specifically formulated for dryness.
Long hot showers and baths are causes of Dry Skin
A long hot shower or bath can be divine, but damaging to your skin because it can drain your natural skin oils. Furthermore, even if showering and bathing adds water into your skin, the water may evaporate faster after your long shower or bath leaving your skin feeling overly tight.
Dry Skin Medication
Your condition can also be caused by medication for allergies, acne or high blood pressure among other conditions. The dryness can be a side effect of your medication.
Dry Skin Internal factors
Some medical conditions can be culprits to your situation. These conditions include eczema, diabetes, malnutrition, psoriasis and thyroid problems. Age, itchy clothing and misusing moisturizer are other causes that can bring about this condition. If you suffer from dry skin and it’s making you miserable because nothing helps, you can consult your doctor.