Dry skin facts


Dry skin facts

  • Dry skin is a very common condition that causes small fine flakes and dry patches.
  • Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dry skin.
  • Scratching may be hard to resist.
  • Dry skin is more common in colder winter months and drier climates.
  • The elderly are more prone to dry skin than younger people.
  • Dry skin is more common in individuals with a history of eczema, atopic dermatitis, allergies, or asthma.
  • Dry skin may rarely be a side effect of medications.
  • Dry skin is more common in those with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  • Repeat itch-scratch cycles may lead to skin thickening and darkening.
  • Possible complications include rashes, eczema, and bacterial infections.
  • Extremely dry skin can cause cracks and breaks on the skin.
  • Medications including topical corticosteroids and oral antihistamines can help ease itching.
  • Secondary infections may result from scratches and skin breakdown.
  • Topical or oral antibiotics may be necessary for secondarily infected dry skin.
  • Several home remedies, such as decreasing bathing frequency and lubricating the skin with thick moisturizers after showers, can help control and prevent dry skin.