Taking care of your dry, itchy skin requires a number of steps.
Although much of it has to do with your looks (it can’t be pleasant to have white, dandruff-like flakes all over your scalp, face and hands every single day of your life), more of it has to do with your health… and your sanity, obviously.
To put a stop to this dry nonsense.
We’ve put together a tutorial that will help you understand the origins of your skin problem (if we can even call it that) and find solutions for it.
Read our extended tutorial below for all the information you may need.
Dry skin can show anywhere
Most commonly, patches of dry skin will appear on your palms, hands, elbows, abdomen and lower legs.
The scalp can be affected as well.
When it comes to dry skin, people usually feel it before they notice any changes.
However, some extreme cases of dry skin can be noticeable and somewhat embarrassing (usually in the case of dry facial areas and scalp).
People with dark skin experience dry skin in flakes that look gray.
Untreated dry skin can (although it doesn’t have to) lead to dermatitis – skin inflammation that causes infection and swelling.
You don’t have a disease
One of the most common misconceptions regarding a skin condition (any skin condition, really) is that it is linked to a health problem.
Essentially, while health problems can be the reason of skin conditions, they don’t have to be.
Usually, dry skin can be a result of itchy clothing, harsh soaps and body washes, hot showers, and similar reasons.
On the other hand, skin may easily go dry due to a number of health conditions or the medication you are taking for conditions like malnutrition, psoriasis, diabetes, hypothyroidism and other.
We’ll explain the symptoms of both in the following lines.
Healthy skin (i.e. normal skin type) is protected by a lean layer of natural lipids.
Whose purpose is to lock the moisture in and keep the skin soft and supple.
In medical terms, dry skin or xerosis is usually caused when fatty oils are stripped away and the skin is left unprotected.
Causes such as genetic predisposition, menopause or other are less often but possible.
Dry skin is treatable
Although your skin may be extremely irritated, sometimes even painful, the good news is that you can easily treat it with external remedies.
Carefully practiced dry-skin care and dermatologically prescribed cosmetics usually solve the problem quickly.
Also, it is essential that you choose the right beauty essentials and cosmetics carefully because using the wrong set of beautifiers may worsen your condition.
Experience shows that relying on high-quality and tested products like Asap skin care, as well as other reliable, natural cosmetic products is always the best way to go.
Always read the labels and consult with your dermatologist prior to purchasing your products.
Itchy, flaky skin is most commonly caused by environmental factors that dry out the skin and strip it of its natural lipids.
Consequently, the skin cracks and loses its capability to keep moisture.
Depending on your skin sensitivity, you’ll often see the surface of it rough, red and itchy.
Seasonal changes are known to affect the skin (usually summer to winter transition) as well as harsh weather conditions.
Like extremely cold air, too hot climates or harsh winds.
Ultraviolet (UV) light is known to dry out the skin as well, causing it to be rough to touch.
Take the necessary measures to prevent the environmental factors from damaging your skin:
- Cover up in winter: wear scarves, gloves and caps. Treat your face and lips with a rich cream and quality balm. Don’t leave the house unprotected.
- Use sunscreen regularly, regardless of the season.
As it is the case with almost all conditions we may have, genetics can play a major role in one’s skin condition.
Although this doesn’t always have to be the case.
We can be predisposed to dry skin if any of our parents battled dry skin.
More severe skin conditions like psoriasis, ichthyosis, atopic dermatitis, and keratosis pilaris are usually of genetic origin.
- Although genetic skin conditions cannot really be prevented altogether, you can familiarize yourself with the skin conditions you may inherit from your parents and take the necessary steps to minimize the symptoms.
Apart from genetics, one of the most common reasons for dry skin is age. With age, our skin loses elasticity and its internal processes slow down.
With a decrease in the production of lipids, the skin is gradually losing the ability to hold moisture.
Which consequently leads to skin dryness, rapid aging and the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
This “condition” is known as age-induced dryness.
- The best way to battle dry skin as you age is to use quality cosmetic products intended for skin dryness reduction and moisturizing. Consult with your dermatologist or beautician.
The skin’s moisture and lipid levels can be heavily influenced by particular changes in the level of certain hormones. Often, estrogen and testosterone are the hormones that affect the skin the most.
Women tend to experience a change in their skin structure when using contraceptive pills, during pregnancy (or sometime after) and during menopause.
Dry skin is known to occur during pregnancy as hormonal changes become intense.
- The best way to protect the skin against dryness in this case is to consult your OBGYN and get contraceptive pills that will balance your hormonal levels. Don’t ever buy unprescribed contraceptives or you’ll end up with potentially more severe problems than just changes in your skin.
Our skin is our largest organ and it needs to be nurtured just like any other organ.
With that in mind, it’s essential that you have a healthy diet and take in a lot of food rich in nutrients such as fruit, vegetables, and veggie oils, and a lot of water (or other fluids).
The skin loves vitamin C and E best.
Author: Peter Minkoff
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