Dry, flaky skin can be quite an alarming problem that often worsens during winter, when the skin is exposed to the dehydrating effects of cold weather and central heating systems.
What is dry skin?
Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is a condition characterized by rough, scaly skin that may also be inflamed, irritated, painful, and develop cracks. The condition can affect people of any age.
Causes of dry skin
Dry air is considered the most common cause of dry skin, but it may also be due to age-related changes to the skin, or the presence of a skin disease such as dermatitis.
The skin gets drier with age, and this makes it less elastic and prone to cracking and flaking. In some cases dry skin may be due to dermatitis, which is an inflammatory skin condition marked by dry patches on various parts of the body.
How to treat dry skin
In order to fight back effectively against dry skin, a careful examination must be done by a dermatologist, to identify the underlying cause. Doctors often recommend a combination of medications and lifestyle changes, to banish dry skin.
Extremely dry skin is treated with the use of topical steroids that help to reduce itching, swelling, and redness.
The following is also recommended:
- Using a daily moisturizer, which should applied within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower. Ensuring that the skin properly moisturized is one of the most effective ways to keep it smooth and healthy. A non-alcoholic moisturizer is the best choice.
- Avoiding soaps and body washes with harsh ingredients, as these rob the skin of moisture.
- Keeping showers short, in order to reduce the loss of natural oils from the skin.
If you are concerned about having dry skin, contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. and Aesthetic Center, serving the greater Atlanta metro, for a consultation. We will evaluate your condition, and recommend the most suitable treatment option for you. Call us today to schedule a consultation.