Dry Skin Chicago
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin is a condition in which the skin does not have enough moisture or hydration, and it can begin to feel very tight, itchy, flaky, or rough.
What causes Dry Skin?
Certain weather, like cold, dry winters, often cause dry skin, however it can be a lifelong condition for some people. Hot baths/showers, heat, harsh soaps or detergents and sun exposure can also cause dry skin. Persons over the age of 40 are more likely to have dry skin.
How can I treat Dry Skin?
While dry skin is not a serious medical condition, it can certainly be uncomfortable and unsightly. It can also lead to other issues like infections, due to the fact that the skins normal protective barrier is compromised. Severely dry skin may cause deep cracks or fissures, which can open and bleed and allow bacteria to enter resulting in infections. Treatment is important to keep the skin healthy. Certain over the counter moisturizers can help, as well as avoiding certain triggers like hot showers, sun exposure, and swimming in chlorine. In some severe cases, prescription creams or ointments might be necessary to heal the skin.