Treatable Condition

Medical Dermatology

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common condition that can affect people of any age and skin type. It is characterized by rough, itchy, or flaky skin. Severe dry skin may even cause cracks in the skin or bleeding. It is most common in the lower legs, thighs, arms, and sides of the abdomen.

Dry Skin

About the Dry Skin

Dry skin can be the result of sun exposure, harsh soaps or irritants in body-care products or detergents, bathing too frequently, or taking hot baths or showers. Skin care products used to treat acne can be particularly drying to the skin. Dry skin may also occur as a symptom of another skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis.


  • What are the Causes?
    Although many people experience dry skin year round, it is most common in the winter, when the air is dryer. Devices that decrease humidity (including central heating and air conditioning systems) can make dry skin worse.
  • How do you treat dry skin?
    Treating dry skin effectively requires protecting your skin against any environmental irritants. Keep your baths and showers short, and use warm – not hot – water. Use mild soaps and detergents. Use moisturizers, especially after a shower. Cream or lotions with alpha hydroxy acids are also very effective. Avoid products containing alcohol. Use a humidifier if the air in your home is dry.

    Dry skin that is caused by a chronic skin condition may require prescription lotions.

"The skin is your best outfit — you just need to know how to take care of it."
Miriam Casal, MD

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