What causes dry skin?

What causes dry skin?

Are you tired of itchy, flaky skin? Find out what some of the main causes of dry skin could be.

Dry skin isn’t an uncommon condition and there are a number of factors than make the condition worse. Men and women tend to suffer from dry skin conditions to the same degree and as we get older, the condition tends to worsen. As we age, the upper layers of skin fail to produce the same levels of natural oils and lubricants. This means additional moisturisers are often required.

The weather also plays a part in our skins condition. Dry skin tends to worsen in the cold, winter months. The consistent use of harsh soaps or detergents can also cause dry skin. Some particularly problematic dry skin conditions can be indicative of an underlying medical condition, like hyperthyroidism or diabetes.

Itches and Irritations

Often, dry skin is caused by dermatitis which is the inflammation and irritation of the skin caused by a type of allergic reaction. There are two main types of dermatitis:

Contact dermatitis

This condition occurs when the skin comes into contact with something that causes an allergic reaction. This can be anything from a particular brand of soap to using clothing that has come in contact with irritants. The symptoms include red itchy skin, inflammation and even blisters.

Atopic dermatitis

This chronic skin condition is often known as eczema and usually starts in infancy. While many people grow out of atopic dermatitis, for children it can be a constant source of irritation and lead to a thickening of the skin in the affected area.

Pore on the moisturiser

Treating dry skin is generally straightforward procedure in most instances, regardless of what actually causes your dry skin. To help control dry skin condition and prevent it from getting worse, follow these useful tips:

  • Take lukewarm rather than hot showers and baths
  • Use a moisturising oil instead of harsh soaps on your hands and body
  • Use heavy moisturising ointments or creams during the cold winter months

What moisturising cream is good for my skin?

Moisturisers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Ointments tend to be heavier than lotions or creams. Because they contain a higher percentage of oils they can both replenish lost moisture and prevent further moisture loss. Body butters and ointments tend to be effective barrier against dry skin, especially in the colder months.

Skin rejuvenation

There are very few clinical treatments designed specifically for even skin tone, pigmentation, & red inflamed skin. At Zen Medispa, we have laser skin rejuvenation treatment available. This can improve the quality and texture of your skin, helping to reduce the symptoms or effects of dry skin such as redness and inflammation. IPL or Intensed Pulsed Light therapy uses a light that heats up collagen and helps to shatter areas of unwanted pigmentation. As the collagen heats up it begins to produce more, making the skin firmer and reducing pore size.

As this is a non-invasive treatment, there is no recovery time – just fresher, clearer skin. To maintain your new look, continue to follow the tips listed above and maintain a regular regime of moisturising. When choosing a moisturiser, avoid anything with artificial fragrances or dyes as these can irritate your skin condition. Look for lotions containing naturally beneficial ingredients, such as aloe vera and chamomile, which will help to soothe and heal your skin.

As each one of us is unique, so our skin requires different treatments. Once you know what causes your dry skin, you can seek the advice of our team at Zen Medispa. For more information on how best to deal with the problem and what products will be most effective, contact us today!

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