Dry patches on your skin can be seen as spots or elaborate patches that require immediate care. Non- itchy dryness is the most common form of dry skin condition that we see. But there are also cases of dryness that is itchy. (1)
Dry and itchy skin
When your dry skin is itchy there could be three reasons for it. Either you haven’t cared for your dry skin in an extreme weather condition for a prolonged period of the time, or its an allergic reaction which might be infected, and finally it might be a particular skin condition. A skin condition which includes dry patches as a symptom along with itchiness and redness might be Eczema for which you will require medical attention.
What causes the non-itchy dry skin on the face?
There are mainly two causes for this :
Extreme weather conditions: Skin is usually believed to become dry in winter because it loses its moisture due to low levels of humidity in the air. This could also happen in summer as well when the heat is extreme and you don’t hydrate yourself enough it could result in dry skin.
Incorrect skincare – Sometimes people with oily skin and who don’t live in severe weather conditions also have dry patches. This is caused due to the use of incorrect skin care. Which could mean that even if you have oily skin you might be using products that are drying your skin out.
There are natural oils that moisturize our skin from within when products are used to remove these oils the skin becomes dry. Another thing to keep in mind is that when you over wash your skin it could lead to dry skin. A person might think that by over washing their skin they could keep the oil at bay but that’s not true. If you have oily skin, that’s just how your skin is always going to be, so you need to work with that instead of trying to get rid of oily skin completely.
By over washing your face you will be drying it out, which means that the sebum glands are going to be triggered all over again, and you will have excessive oily skin.
According to our expert Dr. Leena “ Most of the times dry skin is caused because of the use of products that don’t support one’s skin, or are used excessively.”
How can you get rid of it by locking in moisture?
Drink a lot of water at all times. In any kind of extreme weather be it winter or summer make sure that you drink ample amount of water which is typically 2-3 liters per day.
Milk can be used to keep your skin moisturized and soft. It also agrees for all skin types whether it may be dry skin or oily skin. Lactic acid is a natural moisturizer, it also helps in removing dead skin as well, without drying out the skin.
Aloe vera – The best way to use aloe vera is straight from the plant itself. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off.
Milk and aloe vera are ingredients that suit all skin types, hence you wouldn’t have to be worried about any sort of allergic reaction as well. (2)
Things that you should avoid doing which might help in reducing dryness on your face.
Over touching – This is when you use harsh towels or any other material to constantly clean your face when you rub it dry. Even if you have flakes due to dry skin it’s advised to stay away from wiping your face excessively, this only worsens it.
Washing – Avoid washing your face excessively as well. Washing your face twice a day is good enough, nothing more.
Harsh soaps – Harsh soaps have strong chemicals that could harm your skin. That’s why it’s advised to use face washes instead of soaps when you have dry patches on your face. (3)
Moisturize- Make sure that you have a good face moisturizer at all times. Especially after hot showers, it’s important to moisturize your skin. If you’re worried about going out with moisturizer you can let it rest overnight.
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