Dry Skin

What is dry skin?

Dry skin condition accentuates itching and cracking on the skin. Dry skin has low sebum activity and is also very sensitive. Skin is redundant of moisture and is parched in appearance. Individuals with dry skin experience tightness of the skin after using soap and have the need to apply a moisturiser to prevent it from flaking. Extremely dry skin shows signs of cracking and chapping. Extreme cold temperatures and air-condition will cause skin to dry, chap and feel tight. Dry skin has a dull look around the eyes and creases of smile lines can be seen along the corners of the mouth.


Some of the causes of dry skin are outlined below:

  • Skin is exposed to extremely cold weather

  • Incorrect usage of chemicals and cosmetics

  • Excessive bathing with hard soaps

  • Low levels of oil secretion

  • Hereditary conditions

  • Nutritional deficiency and poor diet and lifestyle

  • Eczema and dermatitis skin conditions

  • Antihistaminic and diuretic medications


Dry skin could be an indicator towards serious skin complications for people with diabetes. It is also indicative of an overactive thyroid.


Chemical peels time and again prove to be excellent skin soothers and restorers. In case of dry skin, Enzyme peels, Glycolic acid peels, and lactic acid peels are always recommended. Glycolic acid peels are a type of AHA peel. It helps to smooth rough skin and cleans pores deeply. It helps even skin tone and improves appearance of wrinkles. Lactic acid peels are suitable to all skin types. It is derived from milk and is a type of AHA peel. It is considered as a mild peel, evens skin and gives a healthy glow. Enzyme peels are non-acid peels made from fruits. It is good for sensitive skin. It is not as hard as the chemical peel but effectively exfoliates the surface of the skin and refines pores.