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 Fort Madison, Iowa
This Forefront Dermatology clinic, is led by board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Mark Cleveland and Dr. Sarah Gross, offering Dry Skin treatment to the residents of Fort Madison, Iowa.
Call (319) 752-1805 or fill out the consult form to request your appointment today.