Dry skin, also called xeroderma or xerosis, is a general term that describes a lack of moisture in the skin. It can occur on any part of the body, but is most commonly found on the arms, lower legs, abdomen, scalp and exposed areas of the body including the hands and face.
Usually, dry skin is temporary or seasonal and can be managed with moisturizing creams and lotions. However, sometimes dry skin can be a symptom of an underlying disease, so see your doctor for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Dry skin may be:
- Uncomfortably tight
No matter the cause of the itch, keeping your skin healthy is an important preventative measure. There are a variety of ways you can help prevent dry skin:
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Eat a healthy diet
- Protect your skin from the elements with:
- Hypoallergenic moisturizing face and body lotions
- Protective clothing
- Avoid harsh soaps, laundry detergents and other chemicals
- Avoid extreme temperatures
- Don’t wear irritating clothing
- Use a humidifier at home to maintain a moist environment
Dry skin can usually be managed at home through the use of moisturizers and by avoiding lengthy exposure to hot showers and baths. Products such as SARNA Original or SARNA Sensitive will help to relieve the itching while moisturizing the skin. More severe cases of dry skin may require a doctor’s advice for the best approach to treatment.
1. Data on file, Crown Laboratories