Dry skin also known as Xerosis, is caused due to lack of appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. A common condition, it gets aggravated in winters, however many suffer from the same in summers too. Dry skin is most common in the lower legs, arms, sides of the abdomen and the thighs.
Due to the loss of moisture, the skin may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed. Dry skin may be mild or temporary or severe and lifelong. Though the condition is generally not serious, it can be uncomfortable, affecting the quality of life. In some cases, dry skin could be a symptom of a serious underlying condition.
Dry skin tends of affect males and females equally. Dry skin worsens with age. Nearly 75% of the people over 60 have dry skin.
Causes of Dry Skin:
Consult a Doctor if:
Moisturizers and emollients work best when they are applied to skin that is wet or damp.
Home Care Remedies: