What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin can appear dull, flaky and in severe cases can crack. Dry skin can affect most people at some point during their life but the good news is that this condition is manageable and there are many options available which can be used to tackle your dry skin.
Since there are a number of different factors which may cause dry skin it is important to be aware of which triggers affect your skin in order to prevent and best manage them if they occur.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Dry skin is often triggered by low humidity in the surrounding air, so it’s more common in colder months and drier climates. However, there may be other triggers including:
- Taking long, hot showers or baths
- Hormonal changes
- Over-washing or scrubbing your skin
- Using strong soaps, detergents, sanitizers or alcohol-based cleaning agents
Most common dry skin areas are:
- The lower legs
Symptoms of Dry Skin
The following symptoms are common amongst people experiencing dry skin:
- Rough or dry patches of skin
- Sensitive skin
- Red skin
- Flaky skin
- Tight skin
- Itchy skin