Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Dry Skin Symptoms, Causes and Treatment 

Dry skin is a common problem that lots of people face. Some have patches of dry skin across their bodies, while others have skin that visibly flakes most of the time. Dry skin is often reddish with flakes and can be extremely itchy.


Many people feel embarrassed about sporting their itchy, flaky, and dry skin. If you’re one of them, you need not suffer silently. There are several ways to manage and treat dry skin, as you will learn here later.

What Causes Dry Skin?

Dry skin is often a symptom that accompanies a variety of medical skin conditions. Three common skin illnesses where dry skin can manifest include the following:


  • Athlete's Foot– This is a fungal infection affecting the feet and toes. Dry and cracked skin often appears on the soles of the feet and in between the toes.


  • Eczema– patches of dry skin can show up in the face, scalp, knees, elbows, and hands. Your skin finds it hard to retain moisture due to your eczema.


  • Psoriasis– A silvery dry layer of skin is often seen in the scalp, elbows, and psoriasis patients' knees. This happens because of the abnormally rapid production of skin cells

Lifestyle Factors

There are certain skincare practices that we often shrug off as normal when, in reality, they are already causing harm to our delicate skin. Some of these are as follows:


  • Vigorously scrubbing the skin every wash
  • Getting used to hot showers
  • Using a specific soap or laundry detergent, you may be allergic to or is too harsh for the skin
  • Using alcohol-based skin cleansers and moisturisers


Excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks can cause overall dehydration, which also leads to dry skin.

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