Dry Skin

What Is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a very common condition in the Middle East and is characterized by a lack of water in the uppermost layer of the skin, the epidermis.

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There are a number of different factors that cause dry skin. It is important to be aware of which triggers affect your skin in order to prevent and best manage symptoms of dry skin.

Dry skin can appear dull, flaky and, in severe cases, it can cause the skin to crack. Dry skin affects most people at some point during their lives, but the good news is that this condition can be easily managed.

Dry Skin Symptoms

Common symptoms of dry skin:

  • Rough or dry patches of skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Red skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Tight skin
  • Itchy skin
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What Causes Dry Skin?

Exposure to low humidity in the surrounding air is often the reason for dry skin, so it’s more common in cooler months and drier climates. However, there may be other causes including:

  • Taking long, hot showers or baths
  • Hormonal changes
  • Over-washing or scrubbing your skin
  • Using strong soaps, detergents, sanitizers or astringent cleaning products

Most common dry skin areas are:

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The lower legs

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Hands

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Forearms

How Can I Prevent And Manage Dry Skin?

When your skin loses moisture, it becomes drier, more sensitive and prone to irritation and flaking. Untreated dry skin can become red and irritated, but there are plenty of things you can do to prevent and manage the symptoms of dry skin.

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Since dry skin tends to be caused by external factors, products such as creams and lotions can help to control dry skin flare-ups.

Managing Dry Skin

  • Moisturise frequently to lock in moisture and prevent further loss of moisture from the top layer of the skin
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use body washes specially designed for dry skin
  • Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel
  • Moisturise immediately after a bath or shower to lock moisture into your skin
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Everyday objects such as soap may dry out the top layer of the skin

Preventing Dry Skin

if you suffer from dry skin try avoiding the following:

  • Harsh soaps
  • Irritants such as solvents and cleaning products
  • Wool clothing
  • Strong detergents and softeners used to wash clothes
  • Antibacterial gels which contain alcohol
  • Harsh body scrubs
  • Taking long and hot showers

Eat Well To Keep Your Skin at its Best

Your skin’s condition may also benefit from a healthy diet including foods which are naturally rich in Omega 3:

  • Picture of WalnutsWalnuts
  • Picture of Safflower oilSafflower oil
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  • Picture of SardinesSardines
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