More About What Dry Skin Is:
Dry skin is the result of skin losing moisture which then leads to dry, itchy, cracked and scaly skin. In most cases, dry skin is not a serious condition, however it can lead to uncomfortable feelings of tightness or itchiness, which can be frustrating and unpleasant. Skin can be naturally dry, but even oily skin can become susceptible to dryness anywhere on the body, which is why it is especially important to look after your skin.
The most common signs of dry skin are:
- Skin that feels tight - particularly after getting wet whilst bathing or swimming
- Peeling, flaking or scaling
- Reddened skin
- Fine lines, cracks or deep cracks that can occasionally bleed
- Roughness in both appearance and feeling
Dry skin can be caused by either environmental and lifestyle factors or skin conditions. Skin conditions that can cause dry skin include eczema, psoriasis and type 2 diabetes. If your dry skin is a result of a skin condition, it is best to consult your GP for their advice.