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10 Things You Don’t Know About Dry Skin

Mon, May. 25, 2015 Posted: 07:32 AM


Dry skin is often a problem that people don't take seriously, but the truth is that it can have several negative effects on the skin and overall appearance. Common dry skin is also called xerosis that is a very common problem that can be caused by several different things. You can have dry skin in any part of the body including the face, abdomen, arms and legs. The pattern differs from one person to another and the cause of the problem as well. The severity also varies along with the treatment for the problem. To know how to treat it, here are important facts you need to know about your skin.

1. Dry skin can be simply due to taking hot showers frequently
During cold weather having a hot and steamy shower feels amazing. However, it dries out both your skin and hair that can cause problems. Instead of taking hot showers, use lukewarm temperature instead to avoid drying your skin. If you have to get one, make sure to use the appropriate moisturizer for your face and body afterward.

2. Detergents or soaps can cause dry skin
Many people are not aware that they can be allergic to soaps, detergents, and other products that come into contact with the skin. It is possible that the detergent for your clothes is causing your dry skin. In some cases, this can even cause persistent skin problems that can cause severe discomfort. Try switching to another detergent if you notice that doing laundry causes your skin to become dry. There are hypoallergenic soaps available at your local drugstore, but it would be advisable to consult a dermatologist especially if you have sensitive skin.

3. Applying lotion immediately after taking a hot shower may reduce absorption
If you apply your lotion or moisturizer right after a hot shower, the body usually won't be able to absorb it completely. The skin then dries up shortly after application leading to dry skin throughout the day. The solution is to take a lukewarm shower instead of a hot one then pat dry using a towel before applying your lotion or moisturizer. If you have very dry skin, you may need a thicker cream designed specifically for dry skin.

4. Just because the skin in your body is dry doesn't automatically mean you have dry facial skin
The skin on your face is different from that in your body. This is why you will need a different moisturizer for your face from the one you use on your body. There are even some people who have dry skin on the body but patchy, oily skin on the face. This is categorized as combination skin which requires special care to prevent problems.

5. Your dry skin may be a sign that you have a more serious skin condition
There are skin conditions that commonly start as very dry skin like eczema and psoriasis. It then develops gradually or abruptly depending on the case. If you have chronic dry and itchy skin which worsens, you need to consult a dermatologist to check if you have any skin condition that requires treatment.

6. Sun damage causes dry skin for several days
If you just came from a vacation or have been exposed to the sun for prolonged periods, you will usually have dry skin for a few days or weeks. This is because there will be some type of sun damage on the skin even if you used sunscreen correctly. Remember that any coloring from the sun means there is some damage to your skin. If this is the case, then you need to take extra care of your skin and use a soothing agent like Aloe Vera along with a heavier moisturizer.

7. It is okay to use oil on your body
Do not use oils even the natural variety on your face for addressing skin dryness but it is okay to use on your body.

However, this is only if you have dry skin in your body. Oils are easy to absorb and are excellent solutions for flakiness and peeling of the skin.

8. Lack of humidity in the air can cause dry skin
Humidity is not good for your hair, but the lack of it can actually cause dry skin. If humidity gets low, you may need to use heavier creams to prevent dryness of skin.

9. For serious flaky skin, use body oil for shaving
This is especially the case when shaving in the shower since body oil is absorbed by the skin and not washed away unlike shaving cream.

10. You still need to exfoliate even if your skin is severely dry
Most people think that they don't need to exfoliate when they have very dry skin. You still need to remove dead skin cells but make sure to use a heavy moisturizer afterward.

References:
https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/skin-care/
https://www.solvaderm.com/blog/dry-skin.html

https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/now-get-eb5-the-anti-aging-skincare-line-in-new-formula-and-new-look.html

Claire John