Dry skin is an issue for everyone at different points in their life. Some people are unfortunate enough to have chronically dry skin and end up learning rather quickly how to deal with their skin if they want to keep it healthy. The rest of us end up dealing with it in winter or as we age depending on the sensitivity of our individual skin. Those of us who aren’t used to it don’t always recognize the signs of dry skin when we start getting it though. Quick response is key to helping ensure that dry skin doesn’t become a large problem for your skin’s health when it happens. Identifying and treating dry skin is useful, but you’ll also want to know what might have caused the issue in the first place if you’re not used to it. With all that in mind, we’re going to take a detailed look at dry skin to make sure you’re properly informed when it comes to dry skin.
Yes, dry skin feels dry, but there are other symptoms that are less pronounced and more common than a clear feeling of dryness. Unexplained redness, for instance, can be a signal that your skin is feeling a little dry. There are other conditions that can cause redness though and as a result that isn’t the best sign. Itchy, flaky skin is a pretty good clue though. Dry skin tends to begin to flake after a little while. Don’t peel it off as you may end up doing permanent damage if you’re not careful. As with a chemical peel, let the skin flake off on its own while properly treating it to ensure the skin heals cleanly. Itchy, dry skin is often duller than surrounding skin as well if you’re looking for a visual cue. People of darker skin tones will frequently find dry skin manifests as an ashy or gray-ish tint to their skin. Ideally though, you should be able to have an idea that your skin is dry when it feels taut. This is typically a small, but clear hint that you need to look after your skin.
The varied signs of dry skin are easy enough to learn. It is far more difficult to learn how to potentially isolate the actual causes of the dry skin. There are a lot. A big one to consider is the weather if you have more sensitive skin. Climates and seasons with dry air have a habit of drying out skin readily. Deserts and winter are the two obvious offenders for most people. Most people don’t have skin sensitive enough for those factors to have a major impact on their skin though. Product overuse can actually lead to dry skin too. Cleansers, exfoliating products, and any other product that offers oil control can actually end up drying the skin out. It can become chronic if you don’t realize a product is a little too harsh for your skin. The main goal is to pay attention to your skin when you change products to help guard against this particular issue. Menopausal and postmenopausal women will also frequently find that their skin dries out some. This is due to the hormonal shifts in the body. There are yet more causes, but the results tend to be the same. That makes knowing proper treatment important.
Dry skin is, obviously, a sign that your skin isn’t getting enough moisture. The trick is to learn to properly trap the moisture in your skin. For most people, this simply involves finding a slightly heavier moisturizer to use. This is particularly true when it comes to seasonal or climate-based dry skin. All you may need to do is get a moisturizing cream instead of a lotion and your problems might stop there. People who still experience issues will want to do a careful inventory of the products to see if they’re using an exfoliating or cleansing product too often. Remember that your skin does need time to recover and replenish its natural oils. Dry skin that survives even that step is something you’ll want to talk to a dermatologist about. It could very likely be a symptom of an underlying condition that needs treatment to properly resolve the dry skin.
As troubling as dry skin can be, it is something that it is easy enough to figure out early. The signs are relatively clear as they often occur in sets that leave little room to question the possible issue. Treatment is simple as dry skin is simply dry skin with a few basic ways to help try to mitigate causes and treat the issue. Remembering this information should help you be able to take better care of your skin over the long term.