How to Address Dry Skin In Your Ears
Plus, Why It's There in the First Place
Dry skin can plague many parts of your body, including some areas you’d least expect. Believe or not, the skin in your ears can fall prey to dryness despite its position and size. Below, we’re explaining the causes of dry skin in your ears and how to address it. To find out, keep reading!
WHAT CAUSES DRY SKIN IN YOUR EARS?
You may not pay much attention to the skin inside your ears, but if you happen to notice some dryness or itchiness there are a few possible causes. We’re sharing some of them, below!
Lack of Earwax
One of the most common culprits behind any type of dry skin is a lack of moisture. Earwax plays a very important role of keeping your ear canal clean and moisturized. While an excess of earwax can cause issues such as temporary hearing loss, eliminating too much of it can make matters worse.
Overexposure to the Elements
Prolonged sun exposure can strip away the naturally-formed protective barrier on your skin. This barrier is comprised of lipids, fats that contribute to the retention of the skin’s moisture. If these lipids are eroded by harmful UV rays or other external aggressors, dryness may appear.
Underlying Skin Conditions
Dryness inside your ear may also be due to other underlying skin conditions you may or may not be aware of. Among them are psoriasis, eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis. Should you suspect the dry skin in your ear could be the result of an underlying medical condition. If you suspect this is the case, contact your dermatologist or healthcare provider.
HOW TO PREVENT DRY SKIN IN YOUR EARS
Ensuring the skin within your ear is hydrated is key to help prevent it from drying out. Additionally, make sure to shield your ears from extreme conditions such as blistering cold or whipping winds with a scarf or earmuffs prior to heading outdoors.
HOW TO GET RID OF DRY SKIN IN YOUR EARS
Already experiencing dry skin in your ear? Not to worry. Here are some steps to take to help keep dry ears at bay.
If the dryness is affecting the outside of your ear, a topical ointment can be used to help maintain moisture levels. If the issue is within your ear canal, your healthcare provider may prescribe some lubricating ear drops. To help keep your ear canal hydrated, avoid sticking cotton swabs into your ear as they can remove wax and irritate the lining of your ear canal. If you feel like too much earwax has built up, ask your healthcare provider for instructions on how to remove the excess. In some cases, removal can happen with special instruments during an office visit.
Just like the rest of your skin, harsh soaps, cleansers, and ingredients can cause dryness. To keep your skin irritation to a minimum, only use gentle skin care products.
Wear Protective Clothing
Should you live in colder areas, invest in a pair of earmuffs or fitted hats that can keep harsh winds and low temperatures from drying out your skin. In the summer, wear a sunhat to prevent sunburn and the resulting flakes that are sure to come with it.
Explore Medicinal Options
Should the dryness stem from a chronic condition, explore topical medications that could be applied to help alleviate your symptoms. Consult a medical professional for the right product(s).