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March 16, 2023
Dry skin is a common skin condition that occurs when the skin doesn't retain enough moisture. It can happen to anyone at any age, but it's more common in older adults and those with certain medical conditions.
There are many factors that can contribute to dry skin. One of the most common is exposure to dry air. This can happen during the winter months when the air is cold and dry, or in the summer when the air conditioning is on full blast. In both cases, the lack of humidity in the air can cause the skin to lose moisture and become dry and itchy.
Another common cause of dry skin is over-washing or using harsh soaps. When we wash our skin too often, or use soaps that are not pH balanced, we strip away the natural oils that help to keep our skin moisturized and change our skins pH which leads to a damaged barrier. This can leave the skin feeling dry, tight, and uncomfortable.
Diet, lifestyle and underlying medical conditions like a low-fat diet, Hypothyroidism, Eczema, not drinking enough water etc. can exacerbate dry skin as well. Even drinking too much water can cause dry skin if your electrolytes become unbalanced.
If you're experiencing dry skin, there are several things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. Showering every 2-4 days, and avoiding soap can help to prevent further drying of the skin. Applying a moisturizer immediately after bathing can also help to lock in moisture and prevent dryness.
In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend prescription creams or ointments to help manage dry skin but before you go the medical route, simply try a pH balanced hydrating and oil-based skincare routine like the Vital Lipids line.