Drying of the skin may occur from a number of factors. It may be localized (for example to the hands or face) or generalized. Identifying the cause(s) can help determine the appropriate intervention to reverse the process.


Risk factors for dry skin:

(1) age > 30 years of age

(2) low humidity

(3) high wind or blowing air

(4) frequent washing or bathing

(5) exposure to harsh products or chemicals

(6) medications that decreased sweating (niacin, cholesterol lowering drugs, atropine or atropine-like drugs, and retinoids)

(7) diseases associated with decreased sweating (hypohidrosis)

(8) dehydration

(9) wearing clothing or skin coverings that are water absorbing or moisture wicking

(10) water or oil absorbing powders


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