Xeroderma is the medical term for dry skin. It is a condition where the skin doesn’t have enough moisture to keep it soft, leaving the skin feeling like rough patches that look scaly and flaky. Your Doral Health & Wellness dermatologist will take care of all your skin issues and conditions. They are the best dermatologists in Brooklyn, New York.

 

TYPES

There are several types of dry skin, which can include:

· Contact dermatitis – this condition occurs when something comes in contact with the skin that causes an irritant or allergic reaction, leaving the skin dry and itchy

· Seborrheic dermatitis – this type of dermatitis occurs when the body reacts to normal yeasts that grow on the skin

· Eczema – this is a group of skin conditions that causes dry, itchy, and bumpy patches of the skin. This condition can also worsen with allergens, irritants and even stress

· Athlete’s foot – people who have athlete’s foot can have dry, flaky skin on the soles of their feet

 

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of dry skin can include:

· Cracked skin

· Tight skin

· Scaling skin

· Itchy skin

· Rough skin

 

A rash could develop if you have severely dry skin, which causes skin swelling and inflammation. You can have dry skin anywhere on your body but the most common areas you can have it is on your:

· Hands

· Face

· Elbows

· Legs

· Around your mouth

· Genitals

 

CAUSES

There can be several things that can cause dry skin, which can include environmental causes and certain health issues. Environmental causes can include:

· Living in cold and dry places

· Taking long, hot showers or baths

· Using harsh skin products

 

More often than not, dry skin can be a result of other underlying health conditions, which can also include:

· Dehydration

· Eczema

· Diabetes

· Kidney diseases

· Autoimmune diseases

· Medications, such as laxatives, antihistamines, and diuretics

 

Age and occupation can also play a part in having dry skin.

 

TREATMENT

Treatment for dry skin focuses on bringing back moisture to your skin. Your plan will depend on the underlying cause of your dry skin. The recommendation for dry skin is by using skin moisturizer. Moisturizing products can be in forms like ointments, creams, lotions, and oils, which help soothe and hydrate the skin. For severely dry skin, your doctor may recommend you take medications to help decrease the swelling and inflammation of the skin.

Dry skin can cause your skin to crack open and bleed which can then cause infections. If you experience dry skin from time to time, consult your dermatologist immediately to prevent it from developing into a more serious condition. Early treatment will help lower your risk of complications.

At The Doral Dermatology Clinic, our dermatologists are also qualified to undertake skin surgery. They can routinely treat skin cancers such as malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. In addition, a plastic surgeon is an integral part of the team and is required to undertake more extensive complex surgery. This ensures our patients always get the very best quality care. Call us today at 718-719-6010.