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What Causes Dry Skin And How To Prevent It

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Dry skin can be just as annoying as a pesky mosquito that just won’t go away. Both suck and drive most of us crazy! If you find yourself scratching your skin nearly raw in an effort to soothe that uncontrollable itch, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from dry skin on a daily basis.

You might call dry skin the gift that keeps on giving since it causes many people to suffer not only from dryness—but flakiness, cracking, patchiness and discoloration. Some poor souls suffer from all of these symptoms at once.

Generally, the areas of the skin most commonly impacted include the lower legs, arms, hands, sides of the abdomen and thighs. Even though dry skin can occur at any age, it tends to increase as we get older. Sadly, scientists haven’t yet invented a pill that prevents aging.

If you are one of the millions of American’s plagued with this aggravating condition, there could be a reason why. Below, we’ve listed some of the causes of dry skin and what you can do kick dry skin to the curb.

  1. COLD WEATHER

As the temperature drops, the humidity tends to take a nose dive, too. When that happens, the lack of humidity in the air can zap the moisture in your skin, increasing the chances for dryness.

Solution: When exposing yourself to chilly weather, make sure you bundle up. For example, consider wearing gloves or scarf to create your own moisture barrier.  Also, consider installing a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist.

  1. HOT SHOWERS

While they feel great and are super relaxing, hot showers aren’t exactly “skin friendly.” They actually strip the skin of its natural oils can agitate the skin much like a sunburn if you’re under the shower sprinkler for too long. Baths can also have the same impact on your skin if you make the water too hot.

Solution: Try to keep the showers and baths short while making sure the water is semi-warm. Honestly, it should only take 5-10 minutes to get yourself squeaky clean.

  1. MEDICAL CONDITIONS

If your skin is unusually flaky, itchy and scaly, it could be a sign of a certain skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. It can also be a symptom of diseases such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid gland.

 Solution: If after trying over-the-counter products designed to reduce itchiness doesn’t work nor other suggestions mentioned in this post, consider seeing a dermatologist. They can run tests to determine the root of your dry skin.

  1. IRRITANTS

Believe it or not, certain colognes, fabrics and jewelry can agitate your skin, leaving it feeling dry and itchy. The reality is you may be allergic to these items and not even realize it.

Solution: If you suddenly find yourself itching after putting on your favorite piece of jewelry, clothing or fragrance—try going out it for a few days. If you skin clears up, you may have found the source of the problem.

  1. MOISTURE-ROBBING SOAPS

If you think all soaps are the same, think again. THEY’RE NOT. Some soaps contain ingredients that can be harsh on your skin by removing its natural oils, or contain chemicals such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate that cause irritation. This can cause your skin to feel tight and lead to itching.

Solution: Consider using soap made by Dr. Squatch. Our hand-made products contain only natural ingredients—not chemicals that can be harsh on your skin.

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