Also known as
xerosis, dry skin is a common condition
characterised by dry, scaly patches of skin most
often seen on the lower legs, arms, hands, feet
Dry skin can
happen to anybody, but it is more common in
older people when their sebaceous glands produce
less sebum (oil), which lubricates & protects
the skin. Dry, windy & cool weather also see an
increase in dry skin.
Common causes of
While cold, dry
conditions are a common cause of dry skin, other
bathing or showering.
illness (diabetes, hypothyroidism etc)
(eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis etc)
Symptoms of dry
Treating dry skin
is relatively straight forward.
use warm, not hot water.
Use a mild,
moisturising, pH balanced soap.
dry, don't rub.
Use a good
quality moisturiser immediately after your
shower or bath when your skin is slightly
damp. A non perfumed, alcohol free,
thick moisturiser is recommended for
treating dry skin. Moisturisers containing
urea or glycerin are especially effective as
these help hold moisture in the skin.
hands after every wash.
If you have
very dry skin on your feet, smother in a
thick moisturiser & then put on some socks.
hydrated, drink plenty of water.
humidifiers around the home in winter.
Most cases of dry
skin will respond well to the above methods. If
your skin doesn't improve, seek medical advice.
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