Do you have rough, tight, peeling or itchy skin? Although dry skin can be very uncomfortable, you can treat this common problem. Find out how.
The role of the skin is to act as a barrier against the outside world. The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The superficial layer is the epidermis, which exchanges water and oxygen with the outside environment.
Dry skin, which is also called xerosis, occurs when too much water evaporates from the skin or when water doesn’t penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to nourish the epidermis.
Dry skin tends to get red easily, lacks suppleness and becomes rough. It can also cause itching. The hands, face, lips, legs and arms are the parts of the body most often affected.
Many factors can cause dry skin:
Baths and showers
Choose a mild laundry soap and fabric softener
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