While dry skin is viewed as mostly bothersome and unattractive, chronic dry skin can lead to fissures and painful infections. Dry skin is caused by a variety of factors However, simple changes in lifestyle can solve most dry skin problems.
- Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to dry skin for some reason or another.
- Soaps: The use of harsh soaps tends to strip away the protective oily fatty layer causing dry skin. Such as antibacterial and deodorant soaps.
- Frequent, long, hot showers: Extend exposure to hot water strips the skin's protective layer and showers do not give skin an opportunity to re-hydrate.
- Improper application of moisturizers: Moisturizers need to be applied when the skin is damp and not completely dry.
- Medication and Drugs: Diuretics for high blood pressure and antihistamines for allergies can cause dry skin
- Underlining medical conditions: Eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition can all lead to dry skin.
- Do not shower excessively and take short showers in lukewarm water
- Occasionally take a bath in lukewarm water no longer than five minutes to re-hydrate the skin Use mild and fragrance free soaps
- Use thick and greasy moisturizers. Stay away from oil based moisturizers and apply moisturizer when skin is still damp.