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Dry Skin

Alternate Names : Asteatosis

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Dry skin occurs when the moisture, or water, content of the skin is decreased for any reason.

What is going on in the body?

The surface of the skin holds a certain amount of water. When the water content decreases, the skin becomes dry, itchy, and uncomfortable.

What are the causes and risks of the symptom?

Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to dry skin. As people age, their skin tends to become drier. Dry air, resulting from winter's low humidity and the use of indoor heat, can cause skin to dry out. Long, hot baths and showers can also make skin dry.


   

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Dry Skin: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Lynn West, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/25/01



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