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Therapy for Dry Skin

Our skin is the largest organ consisting of multiple layers of epithelial tissues that can protect the internal muscles and organs. It is essential for protection against the pathogens, synthesis of Vitamin D, insulation and regulation of temperature. Our skin is one of the factors for a healthy body. It is very essential to have a radiant and beautiful skin. Our skin type differs from person to person and different methods are employed for skin care according to the skin type. The different skin types are dry, oily and patchy skin.

Dry skin is very susceptible to sensitivity and has low levels of sebum. The skin becomes tight and uncomfortable. Dry skin is generally observed in lower legs, thighs, sides of the abdomen, and arms. It generally leads to scaling, itching and cracks in the skin. Dry skin also called as xerosis is a common problem where there is difficulty in retaining moisture especially as we age. Environmental factors can be the factor affecting dry skin. Too hot or cold weather with less amount of humidity, long term usage of air conditioners, using harsh soaps or wrong moisturizers or aging can lead to the formation of dry skin. Dry skin therapy helps to re-hydrate the skin and make it soft and smooth.

Dry Skin Treatment


Symptoms of dry skin

The symptoms may differ from person to person and it depends on our age, health status, time spent outside and the actual cause of this problem.

Some of the dry skin symptoms are:

•    Skin becomes tight especially after bathing or washing your face.
•    Skin becomes shrunken and feels rough rather than soft and supple.
•    The person may experience itching, flaking and peeling of skin.
•    Sometimes cracks or fine lines and reddishness are observed.
•    Wrinkles may also be formed due to dry skin.

Dry Skin Causes

•    The skin becomes dry during winter. This is also observed during severe summer as the humidity levels during this climate are low.
•    Use of very hot water or frequent hot showers or swimming for longer duration of time can accelerate skin dryness.
•    Harsh soaps or deodorants can strip the water and lipid from the skin thus making it dry.
•    Certain skin disease like psoriasis can lead to formation of dry and dead skin cells. Underactivity of the thyroid gland can also reduce the activity of the sweat glands and oil glands in the skin thus making it dry.
•    If our body is dehydrated due to severe diarrhea or vomiting or heavy sweating during exercise can reduce the elasticity of the skin thus making the skin dry and rough.

Dry Skin Therapy

•    General measures need to be employed like reducing the duration of shower or bath, prefer Luke warm water instead of hot water for bathing, avoid excessive usage of soaps as it can harm the skin, pat dry the skin slowly after bathing instead of rubbing the skin roughly.
•    Prepare a face pack with one egg yolk and one teaspoon each of orange juice and olive oil and few drops of rose water and lime juice. Mix the ingredients well and apply it on the face for 15 minutes.
•    Take a milk bath once in a week. Add 250 grams of powdered milk, half tablespoon almond oil and few drops of perfume to warm bath water. Lie down in this water for a while. This bath will nourish the skin.
•    Avoid woolen clothes or such fabric that can rub the skin. Prefer soft cotton clothes as well as bed sheets.
•    Dry indoor air can aggravate the skin and increase the dryness. Attachment of humidifier in the room can solve this problem.

Diet for Dry Skin

•    Dry skin can be rectified if plenty of water is consumed as water can replenish the skin and can keep it hydrated.
•    A well balanced diet consisting of cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables and fat is necessary for the skin. Good quality protein like egg, milk or soybean can enhance the tissue build up and hence should be consumed daily for overcoming dryness of skin.
•    Sulphur containing foods like garlic and onion can improve the quality of the skin and can make it smooth and soft.
•    Vitamin deficiencies especially of Vitamin A, B and Vitamin C can contribute to dry skin. Correcting the vitamin deficiencies like having carrots, apricots, guava, yoghurt and leafy vegetables is essential for the synthesis of fat in the skin.
•    Avoid alcohol or cigarette as it can block the oxygen of the skin and can dry the skin.

Other suggestions:

If the dryness of the skin is too severe that it has lead to reddishness and chapping of the skin and itching leading to difficulty in sleeping, it is necessary to consult a dermatologist for dry skin therapy.