Published on Jul 04, 2018 and last reviewed on Jul 04, 2019 - 1 min read
Is your skin is severely dry and itchy? Read the article to find the causes, risk factors, and ways to prevent it.
Skin is the largest organ in the body. It not only protects your body from the entry of toxins, pollutants, and ultraviolet rays, it also is the primary defense mechanism for infections and disease. Skin that is well hydrated is able to protect the body better.
Xerosis is the medical term used to describe dry skin but in its more severe form.
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“Xero” means dry, and xerosis is the medical term to describe a severe form of dry skin.
“Xero” means dry and “Cutis” means dermis or skin. Xerosis cutis or xerosis is another name for abnormally dry skin.
Some tips to prevent and treat dry skin are:
- Take short showers with warm water and use a fragrance-free and gentle cleanser.
- Apply moisturizer, lotion, or cream after washing.
- Use unscented skin care products that are free of harsh chemicals.
- Use hypoallergenic detergent to wash your clothes.
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
Vitamin A and D deficiency can result in dry skin and other skin problems. Vitamin A is responsible for the repair of skin cells and fights inflammation due to a skin infection. And severe vitamin D deficiency may result in eczema.
To get rid of dry skin:
Avoid long and hot showers.
Moisturize your skin after washing.
Avoid using scented and harsh soaps.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
Drink plenty of water.
The common causes of dry skin are cold and dry weather, heaters and fireplaces make the air and your skin dry, long hot showers, scented and harsh soap and detergents, and skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Foods that can help maintain healthy skin and fight dry skin from the inside are fatty fish, avocado, sweet potato, walnuts, cucumbers, broccoli, and green tea.
STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) that can cause dry skin in the genital areas are herpes and HIV (human immunodeficiency syndrome) infection.
If the skin is dry in patches on your face, try doing the following:
Wash your face with a soap-free and gentle face wash.
Moisturize your face after every wash.
Use a moisturizer containing glycerin, shea butter, or ceramides.
Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate the skin 2 to 3 times a week.
Use hydrating face masks.
Dry skin becomes irritated and itchy because they lack natural oils, or it can be due to an allergic reaction. Avoid scratching the skin as it can infect it.
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