Dry Skin Facts: How To Treat Extra Dry Skin

 
I decided to make a blog post about dry skin or dermatitis. Since this is a problem I have been dealing with for years I wanted to give some of my tips and tricks in what I do to help with this issue.
Just a side note, there are many different types of dry skin that can stem from many underlying factors. I am in no way  medical expert so please take my tips as just advice.
 
 
 
What Is Dry Skin
“Xeroderma” literally meaning dry skin, is a condition involving the integumentary system , which in most cases is treated with emollients or moisturizers, but on some occasions better to be seen by a dermatologist. Xeroderma mostly happens on the scalp, lower legs, arms, knuckles, the sides of the abdomen and thighs.
 

 

What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Skin 

  • Feeling of skin tightness, especially when bathing in hot water
  • Flaking, scaling or peeling of the outer layer of the skin
  • Redness
  • Itching, can be very extreme itching
  • Cracked skin that can lead to bleeding

 

 

 

What Causes Dry Skin
There can be many underlying factors why dry skin occurs, but common reasons can range from

Age
As we age, our oil glands become less active leading to a smaller lipid barrier. Skin cells begin to clump together appearing flakier. For women, estrogen production declines leading to thinner skin and less fat deposits.

 
Sun  
Sun can dry and damage skin. The damage causes a disturbance in the intracellular matrix. Sun damaged skin looks like dry skin.
 
 
Baths/Showers
Contact with hot water on a regular bases can cause dry skin. Cold and humid weather  Air conditioning/heating

 

Does Dry Skin Need More Moisture
Drinking more water to help dry skin is a myth that I have heard for a long time. You can drink 10 glasses of water everyday and while it is good for you it’s not going to help with your dry skin.  Dry skin appears when there has been damage to the intracellular matrix. 
Here is a general list in what causes damage to the intracellular matrix.

  • Harsh soaps
  • Hot baths/showers
  • Dry air/ overheating
  • Weather conditions, cold, wind, sun
  • Alcohol in cosmetics or skin care products
  • Some dehydration

 

 

How Treat Dry Skin Sunscreen
It is very important especially if you have dry skin. It will prevent premature aging, and will help protect the skin’s intracellular matrix. 
Remember to wear sunscreen even when it is cloudy because sun rays still penetrate through windows, and reflects snow.

Hot Bath/Showers

Hot baths will definitely make dry skin a lot more worse. When taking a bath or shower use warm water instead of hot water. Add a little bit of olive oil to your bath and that will lock in moisture. Adding oatmeal to your bath can help minimize itching that is related to dry skin as well.

Moisturizing
Moisturizing frequently especially after baths will lock in moisture, but avoid lotions or creams that are scented as they can aggravate dry skin more.

When To Go To The Doctor
If dry skin has become inflamed it’s best to see your Doctor for advice. If dry skin is very inflamed and red and has become painful it can be dermatitis which is treated with a steroid cream.

About Beautetude

My name is Simera and I'm the blogger behind Beautetude. Beautetude.com is a place where I will be reviewing skincare, haircare, and cosmetics, and anything else beauty related. I will also be posting makeup looks and in turn I hope it inspires everyone. Outside of blogging I am a 33 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful 10 year old boy who keeps me on my toes all day. I also do freelance work.

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  • Margaret Dallospedale

    Very useful post sweetie.
    I’m afraid of the sun…
    Kisses and have a great sunday

  • Simera.. this is a great post … especially for me… because of my age I have really dry skin… not anything that needs a drs attention yet but I am going to try a couple of your ideas and see if they will help before it gets to that point πŸ™‚ I hope you are having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

    • I know what you mean hun. I struggle with dry skin on a daily basis and it’s not fun. I am glad you enjoyed this post. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  • Tina

    Such a great post.

  • Reba

    Very informative post.

  • Thank you for this great post Simera! I’ve always had a very dry body skin, it’s so annoying. I now understand why my skin stays dry even if I drink a lot!

    • No problem Lucie. Yes water does keep you hydrated but does very little to actually prevent dry skin.

  • Mayuri Dahibhate

    nice tips for dry skinned beauties.. πŸ™‚

  • Great tips, thanks for sharing dear!!!

    http://www.plogstyle.com

  • Good beginner tips!

  • nice tips.. quite helpful for me as i am a dry skin beauty!!

  • My skin is the exact opposite and is very oily… Can you believe that I sometimes WISH I had dry skin?

    • No don’t wish that lol you will get wrinkles faster if you have dry skin

  • Jo

    Thanx for sharing. This is no joke but after I read your post, I immediately went to apply olive oil with some cold and flu aroma oil all over my body as I’m having some infection now. Feels so good and moisturized now. Thank you for stopping by my blog a while back. =)

  • rakhshanda

    Very nice tips Simera, thanks for this informative post <3

  • Lovely tips dear ….thanks for sharing dear <3 <3

  • Arzoo

    Great post, looks like it was for me πŸ˜‰ quite useful.

  • MilanoTime

    interesting and great post!
    xoxo
    http://www.milanotime.net

  • Great post. Very informative.

  • Diana Ashuayem

    Great tips, thanks for sharing.
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

  • Thanks for your advice! I occasionally suffer from dry skin and need to take special care.

  • rachna sharma

    i always get dry skin in winters but facial oils really help with that!

  • This is such a helpful post! I tend to get dry skin especially on my legs but mostly in Winter and Summer. There are some really good tips in this post.x I tried so many times to take warm baths but I just can’t, hope I will get used to it soon and overcome my skin dryness. Thanks for sharing!
    xxxx
    Stephanie
    vidathings.blogspot.co.uk

  • Gi.

    love!
    kisses Gi.
    new post
    http://f-lover-fashion-blog.blogspot.it/

  • Useful post πŸ™‚ I always use honey mask when my skin starts to feel a bit dry.

    xxx
    http://www.rockinheels.com

  • Dressed with soul

    Thanks this is helpful for me because I think I have dry skin.

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    http://www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

  • Pilar Bernal Maya

    good post once again. my skin is mixed.

    kss

    http://tupersonalshopperviajero.blogspot.com.es/

  • Cindy

    Fantastic tips.

  • Farah

    This was really helpful.

  • SecretFashionPoison

    Good tips dear, Thanx for sharing! I don’t think about dry hair before!

    Viky — MySecretFashionPoison

  • Tamra

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Gladys Jane

    very informative post.. tnx for sharing..

    http://www.aucourantprincess.com

  • Lisha@HeartBowsMakeup

    what a well detailed post. thank u for sharing darling!

  • LeslieR

    Awesome information.

  • mademoisellemode

    Clear skin ^^

    Kisses

    http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

  • Anshul Bhargava

    Wow..i have been suffering from dry skin for so long!! This post really helped simera!!! <3

    http://anshul90.com

  • nice read.. I have extremely oily skin, totally the opposite… LOL! πŸ˜›

  • tia_cherie

    This is such a helpful post and you always give us great information

    http://tia-cherie.blogspot.com

  • Fashion Lover

    Great and interesting post!! Thanks for that information!!

    http://thefashionexplorer.blogspot.com.es/

    XOXO!

  • so helpful! thanks for sharing

  • Esha Gupta

    Thanks for the informative post Simera! πŸ™‚

  • My skin becomes drier during winter, so this would be really helpful to try out. Happy Monday Darling, hope its an enlightening one.

  • Manasi
  • Nice and informative post
    love

  • ElleSees.blogspot.com

    thank you for agreeing on me with the water! i get such crap anytime i mention what you said about drinking water isn’t the cure-all for dry skin, but it’s totally true!

    • I know what you mean. A lot of people think water is the answer and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • I can’t give up hot showers, but I’ll try adding oil to my shower gel. Thanks for great tips! XO

    http://stylesensemoments.blogspot.com/

    • I love hot showers too, adding oil is a great way of preventing dry skin.

  • Vai

    Amazing advices! Xx

    New post: http://betweenmyclothes.blogspot.com

  • Adriana Leandro

    Great and informative post. Thanks for sharing. Kisses!

    galerafashion.com

  • Paola Lauretano

    Very useful post, tnx for sharing doll!!!!!
    Have a great start of the new week!!!!!
    Kiss

  • shareasecret

    Thanks for sharing!!

    http://shareasecretmag.com/

    xoxo

  • I have super oily skin but this post is really helpful for all dry skin beauties πŸ™‚

    Have a nice week ahead!! πŸ™‚
    http://www.myglossyaffair.com/

  • Indian Savage

    Have a great week honey.
    Kisses

  • Samantha Fergy

    thankyou for visiting my blog! πŸ™‚
    I have problems with this on my nose and have been to the doctors several times, tried drinking more water but that doesn’t help as you said, think ill have to go back to the doctor as they said they will refer me next time :/
    http://www.fashionfixhunter.blogspot.co.uk

    • Yes water keeps you hydrated but sadly doesn’t do much as far as dry skin.
      Thanks for visiting hun.

  • Nami

    Great advise.

  • Thanks for all the info. I can definitely learn a tip or two. I have really bad dry skin at times.

    • No problem hun. I hope this post was helpful to you.

  • This is very helpful! Thanks SImera! My skin definitely tends to be drier during the winter months and I find that running a humidifier at night really helps.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  • pat
  • Richa Saxena

    Super-informative Post! Loved how you have compiled all of it..Its really very helpful πŸ™‚

  • Subha Bose

    My skin has suddenly become dry I am looking out for a good moisturiser.

    http://www.candycrow.com

  • Ileana

    Wow! These tips are great…I will definitely try these πŸ™‚

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

  • This post has been very useful for me to suffer from dry skin, always drink plenty of water, well when I remember haha ​​but it’s true all that relieves me are moisturizers, thanks for these tips Simera!

    http://www.urbanikamoda.blogspot.com

  • Lovely tips hun πŸ™‚ <3

    http://www.beautynbuzz.com

  • Poo@beautyandmakeupmatters

    Great tips for dry skin like me.. πŸ˜€ .. <3 <3

  • Missy May

    Great tips here. Thanks for sharing.
    *Appreciate your visit on my blog.*

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sam

    Great tips and post. i really appreciate it and thanks for sharing with us.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

  • Mai

    Thanks for the tips! I didn’t know that drinking more water doesn’t help. I’m a sufferer from eczema and nothing ever seems to help, not even the medication that I get from the doctors. I’m just waiting for the cold, dry weather to end :/

    • I hope your eczema gets better once he weather turns warmer.

  • I have had dry skin for a long time, but I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of Xeroderma. Thanks!

  • Arthi Ramesh

    Love the tips dear. Awesome post !! http://divadiaries.in

  • This couldn’t have come at a better time. Love it!

    • Thanks I am glad you found it helpful.

  • elle

    great, thorough review! My skin is worse, drier, In the winter, so I will remember these tips! thanks so much for sharing !
    xX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

    • Glad you liked this post I know dry skin really isn’t fun.

  • Libby

    Very helpful.

  • Jo

    Very nice facts sweetie <3 thanks for sharing
    http://www.fineartandyou.com

  • Jyoti

    Really very helpful post..Kisses
    http://www.beautyandfashionfreaks.com

  • Very informative post. My face is oily, but the rest of my body is dry. I rub Petroleum jelly on my skin right after I get out of the shower. That has helped me a lot.

  • My skin is usually on the dry side- especially in the winter! These are great tips. πŸ™‚

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Loving all of your tips…. and great info about causes of dry skin!!
    I hope you had a nice weekend!

    β™₯
    Amber
    All the Cute ?v