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In the U.S., over 100 million people suffer from dry skin
We’ve all had our moments of dealing with dry hands, elbows, feet, etc. Often we view dry skin as just a minor nuisance and ignore it. But for many people, dry skin can be more than just an uncomfortable irritant.
Dry skin can feel tight or painful. It can take on a dull red or flaky look and be compounded by itchiness. Sometimes dry itchy skin keeps people awake at night. In the U.S., over 100 million people suffer from dry skin and for some it is much more than just an annoyance.
The skin is our largest organ and it’s our first line of defense against infection.Skin that is allowed to become overly dry can crack which can allow bacteria a way to get into the body.
That could be the first step to a serious problem. Taking care of your skin is much more than just a cosmetic concern. Dry skin not only affects the way you look, it can affect you mentally and physically.
Our skin contains a layer of natural lipids, or fats. This layers aids in retaining moisture and leaving the skin soft. What causes the skin to dry out is this fatty layer being stripped away. The cause is most often environmental or something you are actually doing such as prolonged exposure to dry air or using a harsh soap.
But medical conditions such as diabetes or psoriasis can also contribute to dry skin. If left untreated, dry skin can lead to an inflammation of the skin known as dermatitis.