Dry skin, also known as xerosis, like all skin conditions, can be excessively annoying, hard to get rid of, unsightly and even painful in severe cases. People may notice, especially those who experience the winter season where they live, may start to notice that the soft and elastic skin that they had been experiencing is now turning rough to the touch. Even worse, dry skin is not just skin that is rough to the touch, but it can also include several other unwanted symptoms. For instance, cracking, bleeding and flaking are all common for those who experience moderate to severe dry skin.
Dry skin can occur on any place of the body, however, it is especially prone to occurring on the face, legs and forearms, as these parts of the skin are most often exposed for most people. Dry skin can come out of nowhere for some people and there are many factors that can cause dry skin, or xerosis. Healthy skin will have a layer of lipids, or fatty substances, which work to keep moisture in the skin. When healthy skin begins to show signs and symptoms of dry skin, something has caused the lipids layer to be stripped from the skin. Of course, once these lipids are gone from the skin, the skin will be completely unprotected and at the mercy of environmental factors, bacteria or viral factors and many other unwanted problematic situations. If the dry skin persists once you have made some possible changes to the products you use, food you eat or other daily life activities, xerosis may now be out of your personal control.
While dry skin is most often considered a minor problem that can be remedied with some lifestyle changes, but there are many situations where dry skin is left untreated and will lead to dermatitis. Dermatitis is not a skin condition that anyone would possible want to opt for, and should be avoided, of course. Dermatitis is the inflammation of skin which can eventually lead to swelling and infection if left unchecked, so do not make the mistake of letting dry skin go untreated. Some people have dry skin because of genetic conditions or another disease and in these scenarios, only a doctor can effectively treat the dry skin. Prevention is one of the best ideas when it comes to saving yourself the hassle of dealing with this annoying condition. Prevention can begin by simply choosing more skin-friendly, harsh chemical-free soaps and cleansing products as well as a change in diet.