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.
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.
The signs (what you see) and symptoms (what you feel) of dry skin are:
- Rough, scaly, or flaking skin
- Gray, ashy skin in people with dark skin
- Cracks in the skin, which may bleed if severe
- Chapped or cracked lips
How do dermatologists treat dry skin?
Your dermatologist may recommend the following:
- Changes to your day
Using a moisturizer frequently throughout the day helps many people. If this does not help, you should see a dermatologist.