What is dry skin?

It’s also called xerosis, sometimes referred to as “ashy” skin. Sometimes people seek a dermatologist’s help to remove the condition. Here at Dermatology of Seattle, we know that very dry skin can be a warning sign of dermatitis, which is inflammation of the skin, which can cause itchy patches or rashes. Without treatment it gets worse, which is why Dermatology of Seattle is committed to helping treat this condition.


What are the symptoms of dry skin?

Rough or flaking skin, itching, “ashy” skin in people with darker complextions, cracked or chapped lips, or red sore spots. Sore spots where skin is cracked may be a sign of infection.

What causes dry skin?

Skin becomes dry when it loses its natural oil or hydration. Some are more likely to get dry skin, and some of the causes are age, dry climate, various skin conditions, your job, or even swimming. Personal care routines can contribute.

How is it diagnosed?

Since dry skin can be a sign of skin disease, tests may be needed. A dermatologist will carefully examine your skin to determine this.

How is dry skin treated?

Frequent moisturizing in the form of petrolatum or lanolin ointments and creams may help.For extremely dry skin, a moisturizer with urea or lactic acid may be used. These ingredients may sting if your skin is cracked.
A corticosteroid, tacrolimus or pimecrolimus. These medicines relieve the itchiness, redness, and swelling.
Change habits: For example, if you work in aquaria immersing your hands in water all day, you should wear gloves and apply moisturizer several times a day.