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Dry skin is extremely common and is experienced by almost everyone at some point in his or her lifetime. In some cases it can be genetic—one can be predisposed to having a drier type of skin. But in many cases, dry skin occurs due to external factors like extremes in climate, UV sunlight rays, and from exposure to chemicals and detergents that remove moisture and/ or strip away natural protective oils from skin.
Our skin acts as a two-way barrier protecting the internal body from external elements and preventing the excessive loss of water and electrolytes. Dry skin is the result of decreased moisture in the top layers of our skin’s epidermis (the stratum corneum), which weakens its protective function and can affect the appearance of skin. Maintaining the right moisture balance in the top layers of the skin’s epidermis is important in managing dry skin conditions and keeping skin healthy looking, hydrated and smooth.
Helping to keep the skin’s balance of moisture and protection is a hydrolipid film composed of moisture and natural oils (including fatty acids and lipids) that covers the skin’s surface. In dry skin, this film has become impaired, leading to moisture loss and dryness. Excessive showering and bathing, especially in hot water, washes away these protective oils and natural moisturizing substances that bind water. Soaps, detergents,. Cold winter weather, wind, heat and excessive sun exposure can all disturb skin's natural hydration levels and lead to dry skin.
In addition to external factors, there are many conditions, such as eczema and atopic dermatitis and psoriasis that can cause extremely dry skin. Dry skin is also experienced by many people with diabetes. And as aging skin loses its capacity to retain moisture, the result is often dryness and wrinkles.
Dry skin can also become flaky, rough or bumpy. Keratosis Pilaris is a common dry skin condition that causes rough skin bumps, usually on arms and legs.
CARE & TREATMENT
Whether caused by genetics, temperature changes or chemical irritants, dry skin needs the right skincare products designed to increase the skin’s water-binding capacities and prevent the loss of moisture from skin . To maintain healthy-looking moisturized skin with an effective protective skin barrier, it’s important to establish a daily skincare regimen, using moisture-rich cleansers and lotions to maintain the integrity of the skin’s protective barrier. Moisturizers that gently exfoliate and intensively moisturize are ideal, as they help remove dry, flaky skin and bind water to keep skin soft and smooth.
Cleanse with warm (not hot) water and a mild, soap-free cleanser. Keep baths or showers short to avoid drying out your skin. Gently pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp, to seal in moisture.
Don’t forget your hands! Exposed to hot water, cleansers, soil and weather extremes, the skin on your hands can easily become overburdened and damaged. Dry and cracked hands are prone to more serious conditions like eczema and dermatitis. So keep them well moisturized, and protect them with gloves in cold weather, when using cleaning products or gardening.
Good, daily skin care practices help keep skin soft, smooth and healthy-looking. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for guidance on any specific skincare concerns you may have or if your dry skin condition persists or worsens.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Moisturizing, softing and smoothing dry skin
2. Improving the appearance of the skin
3. Achieving healthier-looking skin