Dry Skin: How It Affects You

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Most people will experience some level of dry skin at some point in their life and for the most part it is nothing serious. Setting aside if it is a major health concern or not, it can make you feel quite uncomfortable and leave you feeling embarrassed. Dry skin can also cause you to develop wrinkles and fine lines in your skin.

Ichthyosis is a serious dry skin condition and can dramatically alter your appearance. Luckily, doctors have determined that this level of dry skin is normally caused by your environment so there are things that can be done to help reduce the severity of your dry skin. Common triggering factors for ichthyosis include: hot or cold water, extensive exposure to hot water and low humidity in the air.

Ichthyosis and other chronic skin problems require a doctor to further evaluate to help you plan a way to reduce the dryness of your skin effectively. There are things that you can do on your own of course that have been known to help a lot and  improve your skins level of dryness such as: using plenty of moisturizer and using only soap designed for sensitive skin.

For most people, dry skin is temporary and can be easily healed with conventional means. Most people only have issues with dry skin during the winter months because of the cold dry air. Dry skin is most commonly seen on your hands, arms and lower legs, but this tends to be different for everyone and can really develop anywhere on your body.

Here are some common annoyances that can be caused by dry skin:

  • Irritation
  • Deep cracks form that may bleed
  • Flaky skin
  • Skin looks more aged with cracks and fine lines
  • Those with darker skin appear to have a ashy skin tone
  • Redness
  • Feeling like your skin is tighter after you have bathed, showered or went swimming
  • Skin becomes itchy
  • Your skin begins to look and feel rough