Dry Skin? How to Deal With it

When exposed to the sun normal skin and dry skin will have varied reactions, dry skin will typically redden and burn more quickly and when this does take place, dry skin is much more likely to peel. Peeling due to sunburn can make dry skin feel itchy and tends to be more bothersome in colder climates where irritation can be caused or increased due to the dryness of the cold winter air. It is also possible for the skin to become scaly or chapped when conditions are noticeably dry which can cause soreness and discomfort of the skin.

People that have a fair complexion are more likely to have dry skin but dry skin does not only affect people that have a fair complexion, other people with different complexions can be affected as well. The cheeks and areas such as the forehead tend to have a higher likelihood of becoming dry and it is very common that people with dry skin, especially in the cheek area will feel tightness after cleansing those areas.

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Age is one key factor that can lead to individuals developing dry skin but there are also many other factors that can cause the skin to become drier. The environment that surrounds us, the medications we are prescribed, the weather where we live and even the foods we eat can all be contributing factors to the development of dry skin.

Part of the reason why the skin can become dry is determined by how the skin sheds cells, individuals who’s skin sheds in large areas as opposed to shedding cell by cell will tend to have drier skin. A common misconception about dry skin is making the assumption that having dry skin is completely due to not having enough moisture in the skin.

The dryness of skin can be reduced by the proper application of quality skin moisturizers but one must be careful when selecting a skin moisturizer as some can reduce the skin’s ability to shed properly which is a large contributing factor to dry skin in the first place. Gentle exfoliation of the skin can help a quality moisturizer in restoring moisture to the skin but care must be taken during this process because excessive exfoliation can lead to the development of overly sensitive skin.

Does dry skin cause spots?

Generally speaking, we like to equate spots with dry skin, although this is not necessarily the case. Dry skin makes the skin physiologically brittle, making it fertile for spots. Certainly, the cause is distinct from the irritation of oily skin. In dry skin, causes often come from external factors: temperature changes, stress, pollution, poor diet, too harsh makeup, etc., whatever the cause, the result is a vicious circle: dry skin, the skin barrier becomes porous, water leakage through the skin accelerates, and finally the skin barrier is less immune to external attacks. The skin is tight, flaky, and tiny spots can appear.

How to fight spots on dry skin

It is possible to fight dry skin and spots if you use a good skincare routine. The secret, according to dermatologists, is being gentle. Stop using products that strips the natural essential oils from our skin.

The first move is to clean up. Cleanse your face early and late in the day with a gentle soap-free skincare product to preserve a physiological pH free of irritants.

Then apply a specially formulated moisturizer to your face. Find something that’s good for both dry skin and spots. This would include at a minimum good hydration to battle dry skin.

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