Dry skin isn’t just an annoying skin type that many people have. It is an actual affliction. The scientific name for dry skin is Xerosis. Fortunately for most of us, this skin condition is easy to manage.
What is Xerosis?
Xerosis is extremely dry skin that needs more than just a little hand lotion. It is much more difficult to treat. Common symptoms include:
- Red skin
- Itchy skin
- Rough skin
- Tight skin, usually right after washing or swimming
- Flaky or peeling/scaly skin
- Ashy or grayish skin
- Fine to deep cracks that might occasionally bleed
What Causes Xerosis?
Xerosis is most commonly caused and/or made worse by environmental conditions. However, it can be caused by any one or a combination of the following:
- The weather, windy conditions and/or heating/cooling (either cold/dry or hot/dry conditions)
- Frequent swimming in a chlorinated pool
- Long hot showers or baths
- Harsh detergent or soap
- Excess exposure to sunlight
Anyone can develop xerosis, although it is more likely to afflict people over the age of 40.
How is Xerosis Treated?
Avoid conditions that aggravate dry skin. Wash in warm water rather than hot, stay out of the pool until your skin gets better, avoid harsh soap and sunlight. Use a humidifier and stay out of the wind or cover up if you must go out in it. If your dry skin is extremely severe, with cracking skin and bleeding, you should see a doctor to have it evaluated.
Aloe Vera is a natural skin-healing option that will help. A 0.1%, 0.25% and 0.5% Aloe Vera cream provided immediate relief from xerosis and long-term relief when applied twice a day for people who participated in an investigative study.
Aloe Vera shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotions will reduce the severity of xerosis. Add these products to your skin and hair care routine to reduce or even eradicate your dry skin woes.
Aloe Vera is also an excellent treatment for skin scars, seborrhea (dandruff), lichen planus skin sores, sunburn or rash, psoriasis, cholesterol, diabetes, heart health and dental/oral health.