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Dry Skin Causes

Dry Skin Treatments

In most cases dry skin causes can be easily remedied.

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Flaky, itchy, dryness can occur at any age and for many reasons. It can be a long term or a temporary problem, causing more concern especially in winter.

Dull, rough dehydrated skin can make you feel and look miserable especially if it leads to a more severe problem that includes inflamed patches or intense itching and flaking.

Thankfully, many remedies can help keep this condition manageable.

What Are Dry Skin Causes?

When the levels of natural sebum are decreased and moisture is not retained, dryness is sure to develop. It’s important to find out the cause so the best treatment can be applied.

  • Age
  • As you get older, skin loses its natural protective sebum and cell renewal, collagen, and elastin production slows down.

    It becomes more susceptible to damage, is thinner and unable to stay hydrated. These changes allow fine lines and wrinkles to set in.

  • Diet
  • When your health is out of balance it could trigger or aggravate skin disorders. A diet consisting of plenty of vitamins and minerals will help improve and promote healing of dry skin.

    Look for foods that are high in omega-3s (salmon, tuna, flaxseed) and foods that contain zinc such as beans, turkey, crab, and oysters.

    Dark leafy greens offer a good source of Vitamin A. A powerful high Vitamin E source includes avocado, nuts, broccoli, and flaxseed oil.

  • Weather
  • Exposure to natural environmental factors is the most common cause of dry itchy problems.

    Most people experience extra dryness in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels drop.

    Sun damage is one of the main causes behind dry, aging problems. Dressing right and wearing a broad-spectrum sun block year-round to avoid the damaging rays of the sun will help prevent damage.

  • Inappropriate Products
  • Some products contain alcohol, perfumes, colorants, antibacterial agents and many other unsafe ingredients that strip away protective natural oils from the outer layer of skin.

    One main problem people tend to experience stems from harsh soaps. Daily use of most bar soaps and face cleansers can greatly excel the problem and further dry out the already troubled skin.

    Stay away from scented, deodorant and antibacterial soaps. Look for products designed for dry types that contain extra amounts of fatty substances such as Shea Butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, Emu oil, Aloe Vera ,or lanolin that help soothe and add moisture.

Health disorders such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea along with more chronic medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, and kidney disease are also common factors that cause dryness.

Dry types could be due to a genetic condition. Genes may have a lot to do with dryness especially if you experience this year-round.

Solutions For Dry Skin

Changing your personal bathing habits can also help. If you bathe too often and use too hot of water, it may strip your body of its natural oils. This barrier is needed to trap moisture in and help keep the area soft and moist.

Long hot showers offer a temporary good feeling that usually leave you feeling worse moments after you dry off. When cleansing the body try to take a quick lukewarm shower or bath. Towel off lightly and immediately apply a body moisturizer to retain moisture.

Many times itching can accompany dryness - Try an oatmeal bath to help relieve itching.

  • Central Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Dry skin causes can even be brought upon by climate-controlled environments. Heating sources can actually cause humidity levels to drop and cause dryness.

    To replenish that missing moisture, try increasing the humidity level in your home by adding a humidifier and lowering the thermostat.

    Exposure to air conditioning may cause similar problems.

  • Moisturizer-
  • Most dry skin causes can be remedied by regular application of protective creams and rejuvenating treatments.

    Maintaining the skin at optimal hydration creates a healthy and smoother texture so it’s very important to include a moisturizer in your daily regimen.

    Moisturizer creams for face and body protection are available in five basic forms: ointments, gels, oils, creams, and lotions that can be used for long term control and prevention of dryness.

    Moisturizers work by creating a protective layer while retaining the natural moisture from within. They lubricate, hold and trap water in and keep irritants out.

    Keeping the face and body well moisturized will also help prevent lines and wrinkles from forming and conceal already formed wrinkles and flaws from being more noticeable and exaggerated.


    For super moisturizing benefits indulge yourself with a relaxing facial mask.

    Rich moisturizing formulas that are designed to replenish hydration to thirsty areas, help halt moisture loss and remove impurities.

    Home remedies are usually very helpful in the control of dryness. Please consult a physician for dry skin causes that need more assistance in treatment methods.