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Dry or dull skin treatment options

What causes dry or dull skin?

Do you have a feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming, itching, slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling, fine lines or cracks, or gray, ashy skin?


Dry skin (xerosis) is often a temporary and environmental condition, and not usually serious, but sometimes it happens often or is severe. In these cases, you may need help from a specialized doctor.


It commonly affects hands, arms, and legs.


Certain diseases also can significantly affect your skin. Potential causes of dry skin include:


  • Weather

  • Heat

  • Hot baths and showers

  • Harsh soaps and detergents

  • Washing the skin excessively

  • Unbalanced skin pH

  • Skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis

  • Diabetes

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Smoking

  • Spending too much time in direct sunlight


Treatments vary among different skin types, which can be normal, dry, oily, or a combination.


It is suggested to contact a specialist if:

  • Your skin doesn't improve in spite of your best efforts

  • Dry skin is accompanied by redness

  • Dryness and itching interfere with sleeping

  • You have open sores or infections from scratching

  • You have large areas of scaling or peeling skin


People can treat dry skin using several different methods.

What are the treatment options for dry or dull skin?

The best treatment option will depend on the cause of someone's dry skin and its severity.





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