A smooth, perfect and glowing skin is something everyone desires for, especially today’s youth. Unfortunately, due to several reasons, supple and smooth skin remains just an impossible dream for many people. Our skin type generally, falls into three main categories- normal, oily and dry. In some case, the combinations of these three types also exit. With increased exposure to various harmful environmental factors like pollution, sun exposure and other factors, our skin tends to respond aggressively and take up the extremes of the oily or dry skin type.
WHAT IS DRY SKIN?
Dry skin, under extreme conditions, is also known as XEROSIS, which is a common skin allergy. The dry skin allergy occurs for a variety of reasons and results in tiny fine flakes and dry patches on the skin. It’s an extremely uncomfortable skin condition that is made by itching, cracking and scaling.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF DRY SKIN ALLERGY?
Both external and internal factors are responsible for the dry skin allergy.
External factors like- cold temperatures, low humidity, too hot showers and chemically treated sanitizers and soaps can also result in dry skin.
On the other side, there are some internal factors such as genetics, age, personal and family genes of skin ailments like asthma, other allergies, that cause skin dryness.
DRY SKIN ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Below listed are a few common symptoms of dry skin allergy.
FLAKY, SCALY ROUGH SKIN, ASHY SKIN IN PEOPLE WITH DRY COMPLEXION
Dry skin generally tends to lack natural fatty moisture and oils. This can make the skin more rough, scaly and hardened at times. Dry skin flakes generally turn colorless, peel off and fall out on their own.
Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dry skin, which can aggravate the severity of the allergy. Itching can even lead to an “itch-scratch” cycle in extreme conditions.
The dry, raised patches of flaky and scaly skin can cause itching, that even result in an extreme burning sensation. This excessive burning sensation makes the skin red and causes red patches. This can lead to skin infections that can spread to other part parts of the skin as well.
TREATMENT OF DRY SKIN ALLERGY
An experienced skin specialist or dermatologist can recommend you a treatment plan depending on the cause of your dry skin allergy. Along with different lifestyle remedies, he or she may also recommend prescription- skin lotions, creams in order to treat the dry skin allergy symptoms.
Few lifestyle remedies that can help prevent and relieve your skin allergy:
Avoid the use of hot water to shower or bathe
Use a chemical free soap or sanitizer
Apply the prescribed moisturizer or lotion immediately after showering or bathing
Use a quality humidifier in your home
Avoid scrub for itching dry skin patches
If you experience occasional dry skin allergy, you can prevent and treat it using lifestyle remedies and other nourishing moisturizers. But, if you develop severe dry skin allergy, schedule an appointment with a reputable skin specialist or dermatologist.