If your skin feels tight in the morning or after cleansing, then you might have the great chance to have dry skin. As the previous post suggested, one easy home test is to apply a piece of clear tape to the forehead, rub gently, and remove. If the tape is embedded with tiny pieces of flakes, your skin is dry. But don’t be scared by the little flakes, dry skin is common. It can occur at any age and for many reasons. Using a moisturizer often helps repair dry skin. Sometimes people need a dermatologist’s help to get relief from dry skin.
Follow the post to uncover all dry skin’s secrets, what causes it, who gets it, and the treatments for relieving this skin problem.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Anyone can get a dry facial skin, no matter what age you have and where do you live. It is because skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil. However, some people are unfortunately easier to have dry skin than the rest, if they are:
- Aging: As people age, your skin becomes thinner and drier, so water is more likely to get lost. Thus, a good daily moisturizer is necessary.
- Skin disease: People who had atopic dermatitis (also called eczema) as a child tend to have dry skin as adults. Psoriasis also causes very dry skin.
- Job: Nurses, hair stylists, and people in other occupations often immerse their skin in water throughout the day. This can cause the skin to become dry, raw, and cracked.
- Swimming: Some pools have high levels of chlorine, which can dry the skin.
What Could A Dry Skin Has?
The signs (what you see) and symptoms (what you feel) of dry skin are:
- Rough, scaly, or flaking skin
- Grayish skin tone
- Cracks in the skin, which may bleed if severe
- Chapped or cracked lips
- Easily Winkle
Both of these characters are common for a mild dry skin, however, extremely dry skin can be a warning sign of skin problems called Ichthyosis and dermatitis.
Ichthyosis is a skin disorder of cornification, characterised by persistently dry, thickened skin. This type of skin is also called “fish scale” skin. Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. It can cause an itchy rash or patches of dry irritated skin. The earlier dermatitis is diagnosed and treated the better. Without treatment, dermatitis often gets worse. Therefore, in order to avoid getting ichthyosis and dermatitis, here are some tips from dermatologists for relieving facial dry skin problems.
- Do not use hot water. Use warm water for bathing and cleansing face, hot water removes your natural skin oils more quickly
- Use a gentle cleanser. Soaps can strip oils from the skin. Stop using deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol, like hand sanitizers. Look for either a mild, fragrance-free soap or a soap substitute that moisturizes.
- Moisturize right after baths and showers. To lock in moisture from a bath or shower, apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
- Before you shave, soften skin. Not only girls care about skin getting dry, also the boys. It is best to shave right after bathing, when hairs are soft. To lessen the irritating effects of shaving your face or legs, use a shaving cream or gel. Leave the product on your skin about 3 minutes before starting to shave in the direction that the hair grows. And, change razor blades after 5 to 7 shaves. A dull blade bothers dry skin.
- Use a humidifier. Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.
- Apply cool cloths to itchy dry skin.
- Cover up outdoors in winter. In the cold, wear a scarf and gloves to help prevent chapped lips and hands.
- Be good to your face. If you have very dry skin, cleanse your face just once a day, at night. In the morning, rinse your face with cool water. Over cleaning will just remove the essential facial oil quickly.