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What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin is common for many and can happen at any age. Depending on your case, assistance from a dermatologist may be needed. Skin gets dry when it loses too much water or oil and typically becomes dryer as we age, in the winter and in low-humidity climates. Dry skin symptoms include:
Whey dry skin cracks, germs can get in and cause infection. Red, sore spots indicate this. Restoring moisture to the skin can help keep it less itchy and less likely to crack.
Other Skin Issues Caused by Dry Skin
With some, extremely dry skin can cause other skin problems.
Keratosis pilaris is harmless, but you may want to seek treatment for itchiness and the appearance of bumps. Moisturizers can help with dryness and itch, specifically products with urea or lactic acid. To clear the bumps, a mild chemical exfoliant, either over-the-counter or prescribed, can help remove dead skin and the bumps. Topical retinoids may also help. Treatment often must be repeated to prevent flare ups. Although by adulthood, for many, sometimes keratosis pilaris goes away.
At-Home Tips to Care For Dry Skin