Dry skin is common. It can occur at any age and for many reasons. Using a moisturizer often helps repair dry skin.
Sometimes people need a dermatologist's help to get relief from dry skin. Extremely dry skin can be a warning sign of a skin problem called dermatitis
(derm-muh-TIE-tis). Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. It can cause an itchy rash or patches of dry irritated skin. The earlier dermatitis is diagnosed and treated the better. Without treatment, dermatitis often gets worse.
Your doctor may call dry skin xerosis (ze-ROW-sis).
The signs (what you see) and symptoms (what you feel) of dry skin are:
When dry skin cracks, germs can get in through the skin. Once inside, germs can cause an infection. Red, sore spots on the skin may be an early sign of an infection.
Anyone can get dry skin. Skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil. Some people are more likely to have dry skin. Some causes of dry skin are: