What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin, also called xerosis, is a common skin condition that can happen to anyone at any age. Nearly all dry skin conditions do not represent serious health issues; however, dry skin can be a symptom of diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or malnutrition.
Dry skin appears rough, flaky, scaly and red. In severe cases of dry skin, the skin may cause considerable pain and itchiness. Symptoms of severe cases of dry skin include deep cracks or fissures in the skin that may result in bleeding.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Dry skin can affect anyone and is most often caused by environmental factors, including:
Harsh soap – These have a tendency to remove moisture from the skin
Bathing – Lengthy, hot showers or baths may contribute to dry skin
Itchy clothing – Irritates the skin, which may lead to scratching and dryness
Low humidity – Dry air can result in dry skin
Hot or cold weather – Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on skin
Medications – Dry skin is a common side effect of diuretics and other medications
What Can Treat Dry Skin?
Treatment for common cases of dry skin usually involves environmental adjustments, along with topical moisturizers. Treatment recommendations may include:
- Shorter, cooler showers or baths
- Smoother, non-irritating clothing
- Moisturizing soap (non-antibacterial)
- Room humidifier
- Reduced alcohol consumption
Get Dry Skin treatment at Clive, Iowa
This Forefront Dermatology clinic, is led by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Vincent Angeloni, offering Dry Skin treatment to the residents of Clive, Iowa.
Call (515) 224-7088 or fill out the consult form to request your appointment today.
Interested in Dry Skin Treatment? Request a consultation with a skin specialist today.
For patients scheduling who are under 18 years of age (19 in Alabama) please make sure you have permission from your parent or legal guardian to schedule this appointment. Your parent or legal guardian must accompany you on your initial visit and on certain subsequent visits to provide appropriate informed consent.