Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. You might have naturally dry skin. But even if your skin tends to be oily, you can develop dry skin from time to time.
Causes Of Dry Skin
As we grow older, our skin barrier deteriorates, and we lose more water through our skin surface.
Stress and allergic reactions
Urban environments exposes us constantly to dust, aerosol chemicals, or cosmetic products.
Smoking, use of cosmetics, wrong choice of skincare products can strip the skin of natural oils, and also reduce its natural moisture content.
Change in weather
Constant exposure, and daily air-conditioning in low humidity offices, especially in tropical climate like Singapore’s can dry out the skin.
Eczema, hypothyroidism, and even diabetes have been known to cause skin changes that can lead to drying out of our skin.
Lack of fluid intake, low intake of essential nutrients from a balanced diet can reduce skin health through dehydration, slow down repair of skin barrier, etc.
Complications Of Dry Skin
If not taken care of properly, dry skin can become a chronic issue and lead to:
- More wrinkles and fine lines
- A reduction in intrinsic hyaluronic acid content, and tend to look more dull and aged
- More prone to skin infections due to an impaired skin barrier