What causes dry skin?
Dry skin is caused when the skin loses water too quickly, and therefore becomes dehydrated. There are a few things that can increase the risk of the skin losing water.
Risk factors for dry skin:
Dry skin can affect anyone. But some risk factors raise your chances of developing dry skin, including:
- Age. Older adults are more likely to develop dry skin. As you age, your pores naturally produce less oil, raising your risk of dry skin.
- Medical history. You’re more likely to experience eczema or allergic contact dermatitis if you have a history of these conditions or other allergic diseases in your family.
- Season. Dry skin is more common during the fall and winter months, when humidity levels are relatively low. In the summer, higher levels of humidity help stop your skin from drying out.
- Bathing habits. Taking frequent baths or washing with very hot water raises your risk of dry skin.
While it can be common for your skin to dry every so often, some people may experience severe dry skin. This can mean your skin is flaky, irritated, or inflamed more often than normal and can be hard to successfully treat.
What causes chronic dry skin?
There can be a few causes and risk factors related to severe or chronic dry skin. These include:
- older age
- vitamin deficiency
- diabetes, thyroid disease, or kidney disease
- skin barrier dysfunction
There are a few markers of dry skin that may point to a need for treatment or lifestyle changes. These symptoms can include:
- flaky or rough texture of the skin
- excessive itchiness
- skin burns or stings
- peeling skin
While some may assume that you’ll only get acne when your skin is oily, that’s actually not the case. Dry skin can also cause acne, as blemishes sometimes occur when there is general damage to the skin.
To combat both dry skin and acne breakouts, consider continuing your skin care as usual but also applying a moisturizer that’s targeted for acne-prone skin twice a day. Avoid any chemicals, such as rubbing alcohol, as it can dry your skin out even more.
The South African climate is prone to causing dry skin. Regular application of hydrating products could prevent long-term damage to the skin. The Dermasure Skin Care Range offers three particular products which can be used as part of one’s daily routine.
1. Hydration Moisturising Cream | 75ml
Ideally formulated especially for the face as it is totally absorbed and will not block the pores of the skin. The Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil will both nourish and replenish the skin. It can also be applied to any other area of the body which is abnormally dry.
2. Hydra-Lac Body Lotion | 150ml
Hydra-Lac is a non-irritant, fragrance-free, non-greasy body lotion which is rapidly absorbed when applied. It contains an advanced formula for the treatment of problems associated with skin roughness and scaling. The 12 % Sodium Lactate not only hydrates but also retains skin moisture for prolonged periods, especially with over-exposed areas such as the arms and legs.
3. Hydration Aqua Bath and Shower Oil | 250ml
This is a dual purpose product useful in both the bath and shower, is formulated for moisturise, protect and treat sensitive dry skins, including conditions such as Eczema. It leaves a protective film of oil on the skin, without the feeling excessive oiliness and is fragrance-free.
When bathing, add 10 ml to an average size bath and soak. When showering, apply the oil while the skin is still damp, and before drying. Once applied, you can touch-dry the body with a towel.
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