Dry skin

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Below you’ll learn more about dry skin, its underlying causes and what you can do to treat it as effectively as possible.

What is dry skin?

Almost all of us have experienced dry skin at some point in our lives. For many people, dry skin is a temporary state caused by specific triggers — like seasonal or lifestyle changes, or medication. Dry skin typically appears rough and flaky, and feels tight to the touch; in severe cases, it can lead to lines or cracks and intense itching. Dry skin often affects specific parts of the body, like legs, hands, etc., or shows up as small patches on specific areas of the face.

Dry skin comes from the loss of the natural layer of protective lipids which covers the surface of the skin. This causes the skin cells to become more exposed, which makes them lose moisture to the surrounding environment. Dry skin can be caused by low humidity due to weather, air conditioning, or central heating. It can also occur as a result of the ageing process or as a reaction to certain medications.

When experiencing dry skin, it is important to act quickly — because its severity often evolves over time. Dry skin can lead to severe itching, cracks, and even more loss of that protective oil barrier. Furthermore, intense itching can lead to skin infections, which naturally result in another set of complications beyond the ones related to dry skin.

There are different factors that can trigger dry skin. However, a common cause is compromising the skin’s natural barrier — which can happen for a number of reasons

What causes dry skin?

There are different factors that can trigger dry skin. However, a common cause is compromising the skin’s natural barrier — which can happen for a number of reasons.

Weather

The four seasons challenge our skin in different ways, and sudden shifts from warmer to colder temperatures will almost certainly trigger dry skin. The primary reason for this is that colder air is much less humid, which actually leads the surrounding air to capture moisture from the skin. As a result, you’ll be better off in colder seasons with skincare that creates a protective barrier to counter this dehydrating effect.

Hot baths and showers

Healthy skin has a protective barrier composed of lipids — but they can be washed away with hot water. That’s why it’s recommended to stick to short baths or showers, lower the water temperature, and remember to recreate the protective barrier by moisturising your skin.

Harsh personal care products

If hot showers are capable of washing away the protective lipid layer on the skin, the same goes for harsh personal care products — or, more accurately, some of their ingredients. These substances can be classified as surfactants; using products which contain them at sufficient concentrations will erode that protective lipid barrier and compromise your skin.

The most widely-used surfactants are sodium lauryl sulfate (predominantly found in shampoos and soaps) and alcohols in various cleansing products — not to be confused with beneficial fatty acid alcohols or esters.

Medication

Some medications are known to cause dry skin by making it so porous that it loses its moisture. But luckily, healthcare professionals are good at explaining these side effects — so that medication users are prepared and can be proactive.

Other skin conditions

People living with eczema or psoriasis are more prone to dry skin than the general population.

Among users who have reported being affected by dry skin, Nøie has generated results for 86.0% of them after only 21 days, which is impressively high for moisturisers

What can Nøie do?

Among users who have reported being affected by dry skin, Nøie has generated results for 86.0% of them after only 21 days, which is impressively high for moisturisers.

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