Dry skin is a condition that can affect any part of your body and a person of any age. It will make your skin feel itchy, flaky and/or scaly if untreated, may get progressively worse over time. There are several reasons that can cause the appearance of dry skin including diet, sun exposure and an overuse of products such as hand soap and makeup. In this blog, we will dive into the types of dry skin, its causes and most importantly, treatments!
Types of dry skin
Dermatitis is the medical term for EXTREMELY dry skin
- Contact dermatitis
- This has links to allergic reactions and can simply form upon touching something you may be allergic to or exposure to an irritating chemical compound such as bleach.
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- More common is young children, Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by the skin producing excess oil.
- Atopic dermatitis
- Commonly known as Eczema, atopic dermatitis causes dry skin patches to appear on your skin.
Causes of dry skin
Dehydration of your skin is the most common cause of dry skin. In order to keep your skin hydrated as best as possible, it is important to pick your skin care products carefully as well as drinking plenty of water.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin is caused when the skin loses water too quickly, and therefore becomes dehydrated. There are a few things that can increase the risk of the skin losing water.
- The older you get, the more exposure your skin has had to elements likely to attribute to dry skin. Naturally over time, your pores produce less oil which is a factor is dehydrating your skin
- Lack of vitamins
- A vitamin A deficiency can cause your skin to become vulnerable to numerous conditions.
- Having a poor diet or not ensuring you intake enough vitamins can have a detrimental impact on your skin. Vitamin A deficiency for example can cause acne, rashes, dry and flaky skin and cracked lips. Overindulging in caffeine, sugar, salt and alcohol will not help on your journey to glowing skin!
- Your occupation can also be a cause for skin dryness. If you work outdoors, are exposed to chemicals or are required to wash your hands frequently, you can expect more difficulties when it comes to maintaining your skins health.
Symptoms of dry skin
- Peeling skin
- Flaky or rough texture
How is dry skin treated?
Treatment for dry skin revolves around bringing back hydration to the skin. This is most commonly done through the application of moisturiser and serums.
These products are usually available over the counter and come in the form of ointments and creams, lotions or oils. When choosing a treatment, it is important to select one that contains hyaluronic acid, which increases moisture of the skin and emollients, which soothes and hydrates your skin.
You must remember that everyone’s skin is unique and what may work for someone won’t work for you. If your dry skin persists even after using mosituriser and serums, you should seek some professional help either from a GP or a dermatologist.
Dry skin is one of the most common skin conditions but when treated correctly, can very much be controlled. The importance in picking the RIGHT skin care products can not be overlooked and here at CHOK BEAUTY, we would be more than happy to point you in the right direction. If you have any questions regarding this blog, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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