Your skin’s health and wellness is important, and maintaining that can be challenging. Recognizing the signs of dehydration in your skin is very important in staying healthy.
Dry skin often feels rough and may be flaky. It looks whitish or scaly in many cases, and dry skin can also give way to skin looking aged and form fine lines. When skin is dry and dehydrated, it often shrinks and can develop cracks. Skin that’s lost a lot of moisture might also appear saggy and loose, developing a number of wrinkles.
It’s common for anyone to encounter dry skin, but some people are more likely to develop it. The causes for excessively dry skin are largely hereditary, though certain health conditions and medications can also contribute to dehydrated skin. Dry skin has many causes, but treating the skin itself is the most effective way to prevent it from continuing.
Dry skin is dehydrated skin. That’s different from simply needing to drink water, though the two can be interlinked. Skin needs moisture to function properly, but sometimes things go wrong and it can’t maintain it. This inability to keep moisture contained, coupled with dry air can really wreak havoc on the skin. Dry skin can be more than irritating, it can be unsightly, negatively impacting your self-esteem. In some cases, extremely dehydrated skin can crack and bleed, potentially leading to infection.
Dry skin can also be incredibly itchy and painful. With many people, the lack of a moisture barrier can mean that water can actually cause a burning sensation on the skin. Frequent skin exposure to water can actually cause dermatitis, a condition that is characterized by dryness and irritation. This condition often affects hairdressers and dishwashers, and others who work with water frequently. Dry skin is uncomfortable, and it can crop up anywhere. That’s why it’s important to know how to treat it and prevent it from happening in the first place.
Treating dry skin depends on the severity. If your skin isn’t too dry, and it’s just reacting to the changing seasons (winter being the worst time for skin), you are probably going to be fine using over-the-counter moisturizers and lotions. Depending on your skin type, you may want to select a heavier or lighter moisturizer. For excessively dry skin, heavier is better. For oily, acne prone skin that is only mildly dry, a light moisturizer will get the job done without contributing to further breakouts.
If you need some help, don’t be afraid to call in the professionals. Your dermatologist has a number of useful tools for restoring moisture to dried out skin. Facials are a therapeutic, relaxing way to help the skin on your face feel fresh and soft. Our faces are home to very sensitive skin, prone to acne or dehydration even if other parts of our body aren’t. A facial uses cleansers, steam and moisturizers to help restore skin’s youthful radiance. If dry skin is making your face look aged, a facial is an excellent solution. For other parts of the body, and when dealing with conditions like dermatitis, your doctor can offer specialized treatment.
With severe dryness, you might not be able to tackle all the symptoms on your own. If your skin is dry and dehydrated, reach out to the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates for help today.
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