Dry skin treatment in Delhi What is Dry skin?
What causes Dry skin?
- Dry skin in characterized by lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of skin, the epidermis. Epidermis is normally composed of fat and protein. The fatty portion of the epidermis prevents skin dehydration or loss of water. When the skin's fatty oils are decreased, there is excessive loss of water content and this leads to dry skin.
- People with dry skin develop rough, dry, red patches. Itching is common. Areas such as the arms, hands, lower legs and areas of friction such as ankles and soles tend to be more affected by dry skin. Cracks and fissures may evolve in severe cases.
- Individuals whose occupation requires more frequent hand-washing and sanitizing may experience dry skin more often
- elderly are more prone
- more common in individuals with history of eczema, atopic dermatitis, allergies, or asthma
Home remedies for dry skin treatment
- Over-washing with harsh soaps. Soap is an emulsifier that removes oils on the skin. More often we use it, the more oil is removed leading to dry skin.
- Overuse of sanitizers and cleaning agents (alcohol)
- Cold temperature, worsens in dry weather/ winters
- Low humidity
- Medical conditions- Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Malnutrition
- Avoiding hot and long showers
- Avoiding excessive scrubbing
- Use non-scented, mild cleansers. Avoid scented, deodorant, and antibacterial soaps
- Using moisturizers containing lactic acid or urea are very effective in hydrating skin
- For dry skin treatment apply moisturizers after bathing when the skin is still damp
- Indoor humidifier may help to improve dry skin
- Proper water intake is important for dry skin treatment
- Diet rich in essential fatty acids (such as omega-3), which are metabolized in body to produce natural, moisture retaining oil barriers of the skin helps in treatment for dry skin