Dealing With Dry Skin
Dry skin is rough and often itchy and flaky, which can be not only unsightly but also uncomfortable. Severe cases of dry skin may result in skin appearing scaly, cracking or even bleeding. Dry skin can occur in men, women and children of any age and skin type, even those with oily or acne-prone skin, however it is most common in mature skin types.
Causes of Dry Skin
Although cold weather and dry climates often cause temporary bouts of dry skin, this problem can persist year-round in any locale. Sun exposure and humidity decreasing devices, such as central heating and cooling systems, may cause skin dryness as well.
Harsh detergents and skin irritants in soaps and other hair and skin care products may cause or contribute to dry skin, particularly skin care products used to treat acne. Frequent bathing and hot showers can also cause skin to dry out.
Dry skin affects millions of people and sometimes will occur as a symptom of another skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis. If you experience persistent dry skin that doesn’t improve for several weeks, causing interference with sleep or intense itching, you may need to see a dermatologist.
Dry Skin Treatment
The first step in treating dry skin is avoiding or protecting your skin against all possible environmental factors that cause your skin to dry out. Using a humidifier, decreasing the frequency, length or temperature of your showers or baths and using different skin care products may alleviate your dry skin symptoms.
Many over-the-counter moisturizers are ideal for treating dry, rough skin in patients of all skin types, especially those containing urea and lactic acid, however dry skin that is caused by a chronic skin condition, such as psoriasis, may require prescription-strength treatment. For severely itchy skin, topical corticosteroids may also be recommended to reduce skin inflammation in the short term.
The Kopelson Clinic offers a myriad of advanced dermatological treatments and procedures, Dr. Kopelson and his staff provide personalized clinical suggestions and cosmetic dermatology services to customize each patient’s specific medical and cosmetic concerns.