Extremely dry skin occurs when there's no or very little sebum produced by the skin cause by various factors like genetics or the environment. The most effective way to treat severe dry skin is moisturizing immediately after showering.
Causes of dry skin
Dry skin can occur to anyone. But some risks could increase your chances of developing dry skin, including:
- Age: As you age, your pores naturally produce less oil, increasing your risk of developing dry skin.
- Medically and genetically: You’re more likely to develop eczema or allergic contact dermatitis if you have a history of these conditions or other allergic diseases in your family.
- Changes in seasons: Dry skin is more common during the fall and winter months, when humidity levels are relatively low. In the summer, higher levels of humidity help stop your skin from drying out.
- Bathing and showering habits: Taking frequent baths or washing with very hot water increases your risk of dry skin.
Relieving dry skin
- When taking a bath: Use warm rather than hot water.
- Apply moisturizer or serum immediately after washing.
- Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion.
- Wear lip balm.
- Use gentle skincare products.
- Use a humidifier in your home.
- Drink plenty of water.