Dry skin is a common condition. While it is usually harmless and temporary, it can develop in conjunction with diseases like psoriasis or eczema.
Many things in a patient’s environment can dry out the skin. Climate, for instance, is a very important factor. People who live in arid environments like deserts tend to develop dry skin. In many places, the cold and dry conditions of Winter can dry out people’s skin. Heat sources like central heating, fireplaces and space heaters may all raise the temperature to more comfortable levels – but they also reduce humidity even further.
While hot baths and showers can feel wonderful, they also dry out the skin. Harsh soaps, detergents and shampoos are formulated to remove oils. In the process, they dehydrate the skin.
While anybody can develop dry skin, certain conditions do increase the likelihood of doing so. They include the following:
- Being over 40
- Living somewhere with an arid climate
- Swimming a lot in chlorinated pools
- Having a job like nursing or hairstyling that requires frequently immersing the hands in water
Diseases that Cause Dry Skin
Dry skin, especially extremely dry skin, can be a symptom of skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis. Allergic eczema, which is also called contact eczema or contact dermatitis, is a very common cause of dry skin. It can also be caused by other diseases like diabetes or hypothyroidism.
When is it Time to See a Doctor?
Dry skin is usually harmless and more annoying than anything. This is because people don’t generally consider to it to be attractive. As such, many people start looking into different aesthetic treatments and procedures that can be used to improve the condition of their skin. Before doing this, however, it is important to have a medical professional examine your skin to rule out any serious medical conditions that could be causing its dryness.
At the office of Syed Ahmad, MD, we offer treatments that can help to address dry skin. For example, a chemical peel can be used to gently remove the outer layers of skin and promote the growth of new and fresh skin cells. Dermal fillers may be used to add hydration to your skin. The best treatment for you will ultimately be determined during a consultation at our office in Plano. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how your dry skin can be treated.