Dry skin can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shrivelled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles long before they are due. Ordinary dry skin (xerosis) usually isn't serious, however, the inherited forms of dry skin (ichthyosis) can sometimes be disfiguring and may cause psychological distress to people living with them.
Dry Skin Symptoms
Dehydration of the skin can cause it to become dry and cracked. This may only be a temporary problem brought on, for instance, by the colder weather in winter. However, other environmental factors including exposure to wind, salt water, sun, harsh soaps or chemicals can also lead to the skin becoming dry, flaky and cracked. Other signs of dry skin you may experience include:
Before and after photos of cracked heals:
What causes dry skin?
Factors which contribute to dry and cracked skin include:
How to treat dry skin
In most cases dry skin problems respond well to self-care measures. Although it may not be possible to achieve flawless skin, the following measures can help keep your skin healthy.
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