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Dry Skin

Information About Dry Skin

We Have to Know about the Dry Skin

  • Occurs when the skin is depleted of its natural oil
  • Can result in scaling, flaking or itching and the appearance of fine wrinkles
  • Its severe form – ichthyosis vulgaris, can be inherited, or caused due to AIDS, hypothyroidism

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Texture and consistency of skin are changed?

Causes of Dry Skin

  • Weather: winter, wind, and extreme heat
  • Frequent bathing or showering
  • Harsh soaps, perfumed moisturizers, and detergents
  • Air conditioners and heaters
  • Metabolic changes that occur with normal ageing or as a result of certain medical conditions

Do’s and Don’ts-Dry Skin

  • Don’t bath more than once a day
  • Don’t use harsh soaps. Mild moisture bars are best
  • Use warm (not hot) water
  • Pat-dry your skin instead of rubbing it

Signs & Symptoms of Dry Skin

  • Discomfort or tightness
  • Skin appears rough, shrunken or dehydrated
  • Itching
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Severe redness
  • Deep fissures

Medical advice for Dry Skin

  • If the condition doesn’t respond to home treatment
  • If it keeps you awake at night
  • If you have a rash or open cuts or sores from scratching

Risk factors of Dry Skin

  • As you age, your skin tends to become drier
  • A man’s skin tends to stay moist longer than a woman does
  • Sun exposure

Self-care for Dry Skin

  • Apply a bath oil or moisturizer on damp skin
  • Use a humidifier if the air is dry
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 to retain moisture
Medical advice for Dry Skin
                   Symptoms of Dry Skin