Dermatologists' Top Tips For Treating Severe Dry Skin

Apr. 27
Dry skin is itself quite an irritating feeling. But when things become serious and dry skin converts to severely dry skin, you feel even more frustrating. One of the main reasons for the frustration is not being able to figure out what causes dry skin and how to treat it effectively. Once you get to know the reasons behind dry skin and also get to understand what triggers it, you will be able to treat it. All you need to do is follow a proper skincare routine, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water, and also make a few lifestyle changes. 
Typical signs of severe dry skin 
The most common sign of severe dry skinproblems is pretty similar to regular dry skin issues. But the main difference between the two is the severity of the condition. In severe dry skin, the symptoms are more visible. Dryness and irritation are more prominent. If you feel the tightness of skin more often, you itch your skin more than usual, you have large scaly dry patches, and you use moisturizer more than a person with dry skin will normally do, then your condition can be termed as severe dry skin.
If you identify these issues at an earlystage, you will be able to get rid of this problem faster. 
  • Dryness of skin, but the skin is itchy, scaly, and very painful.
  • Redness of skin that is worsening with time and has started to peel, crust, scab, or scale off.
  • People with darker skin tones will start seeing ashy looking skin or patches of grey skin.
  • Skin with lots of cracks, oftentimes painful cracks.
  • Unbale to sleep at night because of severe itching.
  • You see the infection in your skin, such as blisters, pain, and even odor.
  • Dry skin problem is not improving even after trying normal-dry skin treatment therapies.
Main causes of severe dry skin
  • Environmental factors Most of the time, the weather is to be blamed for severe dry skin. Particularly, the winter season. During the winter season, the temperature drops along with humidity. If you already have dry skin, winter can worsen your dry skin problem leading to severe skin dry skin. During the winter season, you take a hot shower to combat the cold weather, and unfortunately, hot water escalates severe dry skin symptoms.
  • Skin diseasesPeople who are already suffering from skin problems like psoriasis and eczema are more prone to see the symptoms of severe dry skin.
  • Systemic diseasesPeople who are suffering from systemic disease, for example, diabetes and thyroid, can also prone to severe dry skin.
  • AgeAnother reason for having severe dry skin is age. People who are older have more thin and sensitive skin. This is the reason why the majority of old people suffer from severe dry skin problems. 
  • Nutritional deficienciesPeople who don’t follow an adequate diet and lack the necessary vitamin and mineral, mostly zincand B-6, can cause severe dry skin.
  • MedicationsThere are certain medications that can cause severe dry skin, such as furosemide, Retin-A, medicines for acne, or cholesterol problems can also play a vital role in causing dryness of theskin. 
Dermatologist Tips for treating severe dry skin
As we have already explained, the best way to tackle severe dry skin problems is by making certain changes in our lifestyle, changing our skincare routine, and also by keeping our body hydrated.
1. Always shower after swimming
Swimming pools contain chlorine, and this substance is unfortunately not good for the skin as it can cause skin dryness. Therefore, to make sure that your skin is free from chlorine, ensure to take abath soon after you come out of the swimming pool. While cleaning your body, use a gentle and mild body cleanser or soap. 
2. Moisturize
After you take a shower, make a habit of applying wet shower moisturizer. Meaning, while your skin is not completely dry, moisturize your body with a good moisturizer. Your skin remains moist when you come out of the shower, and when you moisturize your skin when it is petdried, the water molecules present on the skin binds with the outer layer of the skin, allowing your skin to feel hydrated.
3. Room humidifier
During cold weather, when the humidity level decreases, it makes sense to invest in a good humidifier. The humidifier will add sufficient moisture in the air, allowing your skin to breathe normally without making it feel dry. Even if it is not cold, and you stay in a low humidity area, it is better to use a humidifier.
4. Oatmeal bath 
In a warm bathtub sprinkle some at oatmeal. Do blend the oatmeal and let it soak in the warm water for about 15-20 minutes. When nothing else seems to be working, this remedy could be an effective solution. Oatmeal releases beta-glucans, which is good for dry skin. It soothes the itchy, dry skin and helps it to feel better. Your skin gets nourished, and oatmeal cleans your skin as well.
5. Healthy supplements
 If you have a severe dry skin condition, you can start taking some fish oil or flaxseed. These two supplements contain fatty acids, which helps in keeping your skin glowing and healthy. 
6. Lotions with glycerin
Glycerin is very hydrating. Are you feeling that your normal moisturizing lotions are not able to help in keeping your skin hydrated, then use some lotions that have glycerin in it!
7. Keep your hands protected
You wash your hands often, and in order to wash your hands, you use a soapy solution a lot. This can make your hands feeldry. It is better to wear gloves when you do household chores. This way, you will not have to wash your hands frequently. 
Severe dry skin can be controlled if you take precautions. Dry skin includes symptoms like cracked skin, flacking, and roughness. The best way to treat severe dry skin is by keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. That’s why you should always use a moisturizer after you take a shower, and drink lots and lots of water. If you still can’t treat dry skin problems, it is better to see a dermatologist.
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