Spotlight on Skin Types: Dry
Skin is classified into different types, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. While some people have a combination of one or more of these skin types in different areas, it is important to understand what constitutes each and how they should be cared for.
Additionally, a person’s skin type can change over time. Younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type, but they can also experience more oily skin during puberty and other life changes.
Skin types vary depending upon a combination of factors. They include the following characteristics of your skin:
- Water content – This affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity.
- Lipid (oil) content – This affects your skin’s softness and nutrition.
- Level of sensitivity – This affect’s your skin’s tolerance to certain substances.
In order to take better care of your skin, here is some information that will tell you a bit more about each type. This is the second post in a series of posts spotlighting the different types. Tune in next week for another type.
If you have dry skin, you might experience one of the following conditions:
- Almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Less elasticity
- More visible lines
When it is exposed to drying factors, skin can flake, crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
There are some factors that may cause dry skin or actually make it worse. Some of these are:
- Aging or changes in hormones
- Weather such as wind, sun, or cold or ultraviolet (UV) radiation
- Indoor heating
- Long hot baths and showers
- Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleaning agents
If you suffer from dry skin, there are several things you can do to alleviate the situation. The following are some tips that will help you care for your dry skin:
- Avoid taking long, hot showers or baths which only dry out the skin.
- Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers and refrain from using deodorant soaps.
- Don’t scrub your skin while bathing or drying it.
- Apply a rich moisturizer right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
- Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
- Buy natural cleaning products.
- Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.
These are just some of the ways you can help your dry skin. If you fear your skin is suffering from a more chronic condition such as psoriasis or eczema, contact a board certified dermatologist right away. Our team here at Knoxville Dermatology Group is happy to help you get your skin in better shape.
Would you like to learn more about the treatments and products available for your dry skin? Skin health is an important part of total body wellness. Schedule an appointment today with one of our board certified physicians to get your skin the care it needs so it can reach its fullest, healthiest potential.
Contact Knoxville Dermatology Group at 865.690.9467.