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Dry skin is a pain in the butt. Not only is it itchy, but severe cases can be very painful – especially when the dry skin patches crack and bleed.
If you suffer from dry skin patches on your face, chances are you also have moderately dry skin across your entire body.
Yes, it's a nuisance, but it can also make you look much older than your actual age – and no one wants that.
Plus, dry skin can also be a sign of poor health in other areas.
Many people don't realize it's important to identify what's causing your dry skin. By doing this, you can find a solution that targets the dry skin at its source instead of treating the symptoms.
What caused your friend's dry skin probably isn't the same thing causing yours. Sometimes several factors work in unison to create a perfect environment for dry skin patches on your face.
"Normal" skin looks smooth and soft because fatty tissues, lipids, and oils lock moisture into the surface. Dry skin loses its ability to hold moisture.
More often than not, your lifestyle choices and skincare regimen are probably to blame. However, health conditions can also cause persistent dry skin and patches across the face and body.
Hormonal changes are very common as people age. Everything needs to stay in sync for skin to look healthy and bright. Unfortunately, even small hormonal imbalances can drastically affect your skin's appearance. This leads to wrinkles, dullness, and, yes: dry skin patches on your face.
Your thyroid is responsible for regulating many processes throughout the body. If your thyroid isn't functioning properly, your skin will probably let you know. An underproductive or over-productive thyroid can make your skin change color, feel cold to the touch, and look pale. A thyroid problem can also result in dry skin.
If you have a thyroid problem or hormonal imbalance, chances are, you also suffer from a variety of other symptoms including weight loss or gain, tiredness, grogginess, inability to focus, increased or reduced appetite, and many more.
Studies show that roughly 75% of Americans chronically dehydrated.
People in other developed countries, including New Zealand (and underdeveloped nations without access to water) probably aren't doing much better. Chronic dehydration can lead to ulcers, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and, you guessed it: dry skin.
Vitamin deficiencies can also show themselves through dry skin and other symptoms.
Unfortunately, you tend to get what you pay for with skincare products. This rule applies to everything from cleansers and toners to moisturizers and lotions.
This is not to say that all expensive skincare products are worth the money (in fact, many of them are mostly water), but cheap products are often filled with plastics and alcohol – both of which contribute to dry skin.
If you have a mild allergy, you may not realize this is what's triggering your dry skin. Make sure to think outside the box for this one: many different things can cause allergies. Look at your food choices, clothing, detergents, and other environmental factors.
Although it's less common, you shouldn't rule out an underlying medical condition as the source of dry skin. Conditions like diabetes, psoriasis, and eczema can all produce dry skin patches on your face.
These are two major environmental factors that often cause dry skin patches. Even reducing your shower a few degrees can help tremendously. Hot showers can also make hair look dull and dry. As for air quality, you may not even realize the air in your home or workplace is extremely dry and causing your skin problems
Now that you understand the most common causes of dry skin, let's take a look at some possible solutions. Identifying the source of your dry skin patches is indeed the most important part.
Consider making these lifestyle changes or taking these measures so you can say "goodbye" to dry skin patches on your face now and forever.
Nature provides many solutions for treating dry skin patches on the face and across the body. Try a few and see what works for YOU.