Dry skin affects people of all ages, different skin pigments, and cultural backgrounds. Also known as xerosis or xeroderma, it happens when the skin has trouble retaining moisture.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Many factors can cause dry patches on the skin, from scaly skin to cracked heels. They include, but are not limited to:
- Low humidity
- Cold, dry outdoor climate
- Exposure to harsh soaps or chemicals
- Itchy clothing
- Misusing moisturizers
- Overly bathing or too hot water
- Aging skin
- Sun damage
- Underlying skin condition
Dry Skin Treatment
Looking for some treatment for your xerosis?
Sometimes, the solution is simple enough. Avoid the use of heavily perfumed or chemically altered personal care products, cleaning products, or laundry detergent. Try adding more water to your diet as well as eating healthier food options that include lots of fruits and vegetables.
Protect your skin from the outdoor elements, including the sun, or adversely, harsh, cold winds. If you are staying inside, avoid blasting the heat or air conditioner as artificial environmental controls are drying to the skin.
When bathing yourself, limit your time in hot water and try not to bathe daily. If you think your medications are affecting the moisture in your skin, talk to your doctor about possible changes you can make. You may also want to check if there is an underlying skin condition you may not know about.
Lastly, add regular moisturizing as part skincare routine. Here are our picks for the best moisturizer for dry skin.
Dermal Therapy Barrier Protection Lotion
This specialized protection lotion forms a resistant barrier right where you need it most, on the skin’s surface. The 10% Urea locks in moisture, preventing severe dry, itchy skin and ensuring that your skin remains silky smooth.
Dermal Therapy Extra Strength Body Lotion
Uphold the health of your skin and fortify its natural barrier while keeping away potential irritants and preventing dry skin flare-ups. If the lotion stings, mix it with a small amount of water to reduce the sensation to a more comfortable level.
Dermal Therapy Body Wash
Indulge your skin with our exceptional sulfate-free wash, designed to moisturize as it delicately cleanses both your face and body. It is considered the best skin cleanser for dry skin as it is infused with the power of urea which deeply hydrates and soothes your dry and cracked skin.
It is also enriched with the calming properties of green tea, a potent antioxidant that leaves your skin not only hydrated but also feeling revitalized and oh-so-soft.