Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common condition especially in the winter months. It commonly affects the lower legs, thighs, arms, face and flanks of the abdomen. Ordinarily, dry skin is not serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly creating fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled.

What causes Dry skin ?

  • Extremes of weather especially cold weather.
  • Central heating and air conditioning.
  • Frequent showering and bathing using harsh soaps.
  • Underactive thyroid.
  • Poor diet especially deficiency of vitamins A and B.
  • Could be due to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis.
  • Low oil or sebum production by the skin.
  • could be genetic.
  • Certain medications.

Signs of dry skin

  • Itching which can be quite severe
  • Dry skin which could crack and peel in severe cases
  • Scratch marks on the skin from scratching
  • Could have signs and symptoms of the underlying condition

Diagnosis of dry skin

  • A thorough medical history especially dietary history
  • A focussed clinical examination of the skin


    • Use of plenty of emollients which keep the skin moist and supple
    • Use warm and not hot water
    • Use milder soaps
    • Take bath or showers less often as they tend to dry the skin
    • Pat dry the skin with a towel and don’t rub the skin
    • Stop smoking as smoking can aggravate dryness
    • Eat a well balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, especially lime and olives.
    • Drink plenty of water.

    how to get rid of dry skin on face?

    • Moisturize your skin. Moisturizers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping.
    • Use warm water and limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin.
    • Avoid harsh and drying soaps.
    • Apply moisturizes immediately after bathing.
    • Use a humidifier as hot, dry indoor air can parch sensitive skin.
    • Choose fabrics that are kind to your skin and allow your skin to breathe.

    consult the online doctor regarding how to get rid of dry skin on face. Our online medical experts can also help you choose the right moisturizer or cream.