Xerosis - A Curable Dry
Skin Condition; Dermatologists Recommend Dermasil
find below some information about xerosis or dry skin.
What is Xerosis?
Xerosis is a skin condition called dry skin.
Who gets Xerosis?
Xerosis / Dry skin can affect anyone, male of
female of any ages.
What causes it?
Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture. This is
most common during the winter months, when heating systems dry
the air. Bathing with hot water, spending extended periods of
time in the hot sun, and the skin's natural aging process also
remove moisture and oils from the skin.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of dry skin include itching,
flaking, and fine lines. Xerosis of the foot is common in
patients with diabetes and can lead to severe complications,
such as ulcers, infections, and cracks in the skin (fissures).
How is it diagnosed?
Dry skin is diagnosed by appearance.
What is the treatment?
The treatment for dry skin is to return moisture
to the skin. You can do this by applying moisturizing oils or
lotions, using mild soaps when bathing, and avoiding rubbing
the skin dry after a shower or bath. Instead, pat gently with
a towel. The best time to moisturize is right after a shower
or bath, when the water helps trap the moisture in your skin.
You can increase the humidity in your home during the winter
months with a humidifier. Severe xerosis, as in diabetic
patients, is treated with a prescription medicated lotion. In
some cases, xerosis can cause severe complications in diabetic
patients, requiring amputation of the foot.
Maintaining a balanced diet, exercising, and
drinking plenty of water contribute to healthy, supple skin.
If you must spend time in the sun, wear a sunscreen with a sun
protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. If you are a
diagnosed diabetic, have your feet examined regularly for
signs of xerosis and its complications. Keep your feet well
moisturized to prevent dry, cracked skin.