Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry skin is a common skin condition that is usually caused by a lack of oils in your skin. One of the most common side effects of dry skin is flaking, and most people who suffer from dry skin will also encounter itchy and flaking skin. It’s important to know what causes dry skin, and how you can treat the condition in order to avoid flaking skin.


Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin is essentially caused by the stripping away of lipids or fatty oils which help to seal moisture in the skin. The reduced oil presence can result from several aspects such as cleansing or exfoliating the skin excessively, not drinking enough water, exposure to the sun for extended periods of time. Cold winters can also dry out the skin, thanks to a lack of humidity in the air, and the presence of heat pumps in most homes and offices. Several of these aspects can be avoided, but some, like the drying winter air cannot, so knowing the best treatment for dry skin is essential. It’s important to note, however, that dry skin can be caused by a number of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, so if you suspect your dry skin is caused by something other than these factors, it’s best to speak with your doctor.


Treatment of Dry and Flaking Skin

  1. Ensure you’re drinking plenty of water everyday. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it needs to be kept hydrated just like the rest of the body. A lack of water presence in skin will dry it out faster than you can imagine.
  2. Speak to one our professional skincare specialists at TBC about your skincare routine. It may be that your skincare products have not been matched to your skin type, stripping oils from the surface and causing your face to become itchy or tight after application. A correct skincare routine should be hydrating your skin, not worsening the problem. Ask about our baseline prescription, that will rehydrate and repair your lipid barrier.
  3. Keep your showers short, and avoid using hot water on the skin. Long, hot showers will only serve to exacerbate dry skin, so keep the temperature as low as possible