If you’re suffering from dry skin, you’re not alone. Although not usually a serious condition, dry skin can be both itchy and uncomfortable. Whether it’s caused by an underlying skin condition, ageing, poor skincare habits or environmental factors, having the condition is an incredibly common skin concern among people of all ages.
A skin assessment with the Observ Skin Analysis or an Ultraviolet Skin Scanner can quickly determine if you’re suffering from dry skin.
What is dry skin?
While some people may have naturally dry skin, it is most often a temporary condition that results in tight, itchy, rough or scaly skin texture.
Other signs that you might be experiencing dry skin include lifted flecks of skin, cracking or peeling skin, red or ashy skin tones – all of which can often be easily remedied through professional skincare products and medi-aesthetic treatments. It most commonly affects the face, hands, arms and legs.
What causes dry skin?
While the condition can affect anyone at any age, there are some risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing dry skin such as ageing, medical history of eczema or dermatitis, living in a cold climate and working in a field that requires frequent contact with water, especially chlorinated. Outside of these risk factors, other common causes of dry skin include:
- Cold weather – the lower humidity in the winter months makes dry skin common during these seasons
- Air conditioning/ heaters – both heaters and air conditioners reduce humidity and dehydrate the skin
- Drying detergents or incorrect skincare – ingredients that remove oil (such as salicylic) should be avoided
- Bathing habits – frequent exposure to water or very hot baths and showers can dry out the skin
Treatments for dry skin
For those suffering from dry skin, it’s important to have a comprehensive treatment plan that has been tailored to suit the specific needs of your skin. At Australian Skin Clinics, we offer complimentary consultations with our highly trained dermal technicians who can identify dry skin and recommend the best course of action.
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