dry skin
December 21, 2021

Dry Skin

Dry skin is when your skin dries out because it doesn’t have enough moisture. It isn’t usually serious, but it can be irritating. If your dry skin is severe, you should see a doctor.

There are many causes of dry skin from the temperature outside to how much moisture is in the air and many types.

Types of Dry Skin

Although is usually temporary, there are types of dry skin that could last year-round. If your dry skin lasts a long time, it could be one of these types:

  • Athlete’s foot: If your feet feel dry, it could actually be athlete’s foot. This condition, which results from a fungus, can make the soles of your feet dry and flaky.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis): If you have dry, red, and itchy parts of your skin, you could have eczema. This can make your skin crack, too. You can get this skin condition from your parents, but things like allergens, stress, and other irritants can make it worse.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: When your scalp is too dry, you can get dandruff. (It’s called cradle cap when babies get it.) You might have dry, flaky skin on your arms, legs, groin, face, ears, or near your bellybutton, too.


Dry Skin Symptoms

Can be different for everyone, since the symptoms will depend on things like your health, your age, and the cause

  • Cracked skin (the cracks could be deep and bleed)
  • Itching
  • Peeling, flaking, or scaling
  • Redness
  • Skin that feels rough or is gray and ashy
  • Skin that feels tight, especially after you’ve been in the water (bathing, showering, or swimming)

Risk factors

Dry skin can affect anyone. But some risk factors raise your chances of developing, including:

  • Age. Older adults are more likely to develop. As you age, your pores naturally produce less oil, raising your risk
  • Medical history. You’re more likely to experience eczema or allergic contact dermatitis if you have a history of these conditions or other allergic diseases in your family.
  • Season. Is more common during the fall and winter months, when humidity levels are relatively low. In the summer, higher levels of humidity help stop your skin from drying out.
  • Bathing habits. Taking frequent baths or washing with very hot water raises your risk of dry skin.

Treatment and Remedies

Many cases resolve with drinking plenty of water and using moisturizer regularly.

Ingredients to look for include:

  • jojoba oil
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • hyaluronic acid
  • lactic acid
  • lanolin
  • mineral oil
  • petrolatum
  • shea butter

A doctor will usually prescribe treatments for people with skin conditions, such as eczema.

When an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or anorexia, causes dry skin, doctors will work with the person to get the condition under control.

When is a side effect of a medication, it will usually go away when the person stops taking the drug. However, people should not stop taking prescription medicines without consulting their doctor first.


At Amrita Medical Center, our staff is happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide if  the right fit for you. We even offer same day appointments for your convenience. Contact us here!

Dr. Ahmed El Radi


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