“Xerosis” is the medical term used to describe dry skin. “Ashy” is the layman’s term most of us use.
Many of us have had dry skin at some time in our life and for some it seems to be a never ending battle. Dry skin can be prevalent at any age for a plethora of reasons. As we grow older our skin becomes drier.
Environmental factors also play a major role in causing dry skin, especially in areas with low humidity and cold temperatures.
The skin is the largest and most exposed organ of the body. Because of its exposure to harsh surroundings our skin takes a lot of abuse. Most of the time our skin does a great job of regulating our body’s water loss. Skin becomes dry when it is deficient of water and oil.
Scientifically speaking, “trans epidermal water loss” (TEWL) is how researchers measure the efficiency of our skin. There is a lot of research and development being utilized by pharmaceutical companies as they try to develop the perfect moisturizer for the skin.
Not only is it extremely important to find the best oil to water ratio, special ingredients such as “ceramides”, “glycolic acid” and “lactic acid” are being incorporated into moisturizers, not only to “moisturize” but also to “repair” our important “barrier” and largest “organ” known as the skin.
Creams and moisturizers which contain these special ingredients are being developed and are known as “barrier repair creams”.
Many people have inherited skin problems such as “ichthyosis vulgaris”, “eczema”, “psoriasis”, and “keratosis pilaris”, which are worsened by dry skin. Whether you have these problems or suffer with plain ole “ashy” or dry skin, there are certain skin care tips that you should follow.
1. Avoid taking prolonged showers or baths.
2. Avoid extremely hot water while showering or bathing.