How to Combat Dry Skin Patches
Dry skin patches are anything but comfortable. Between the itchiness, flaking, and peeling, it’s easy to feel discouraged in finding a solution. But fear not, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We tapped board-certified plastic surgeon, SkinCeuticals ambassador, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Peter Schmid for everything you need to know about dry skin patches, from what causes them to how you can help combat them once and for all.
What are dry skin patches?
Dry skin—also called xerosis—is a common skin condition that affects all ages and skin types. “This condition may present as localized patches of dry skin on the face or body, as generalized skin redness with itching, flaking and peeling,” says Dr. Schmid.
What causes dry skin patches?
There are many triggers that can cause dry skin patches, ranging from environmental factors to certain procedures. Dr. Schmid adds, “Arid living conditions, wind exposure, temperature extremes, UV radiation, and frequent bathing can alter the protective outer skin sebum layer resulting in peeling of the skin.”
What can you do to help avoid dry skin patches?
Your morning, nighttime, and in-shower routine can make a world of difference in how your skin retains its moisture. “Soaps, astringents, toiletries, alcohol-based cleansers, and more may reduce the skin’s natural oil barrier and dehydrate the surface leading to an adverse drying effect on the skin,” says Dr. Schmid. That said, it’s a good idea to decode product labels before diving into new formulas and avoid anything that may irritate your sensitive skin. For more information on how to keep temperamental skin in good condition, click here.
Where do dry skin patches most commonly appear?
We’ve all experienced parched complexions at one point, but where else on the body should you be checking for dry skin patches? “Typically, in healthy individuals the knees, elbows, lower legs and heels are most affected with dry, scaly skin and a build-up of dead skin cells,” Dr. Schmid says.
How do dry skin patches differ from typical dry skin flakes?
There are dry skin flakes, and then there are dry skin patches. The patches could be a result of a dry skin condition, like eczema or psoriasis, according to Dr. Schmid. “Inherent skin conditions such as eczema often occur as sporadic bouts of generalized dry itchy, and peeling skin triggered by stress, detergents, chemicals, or water,” he says. “Psoriasis often presents as localized red patches covered by flaky scales.”
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What is the best way to combat dry skin patches?
At last, the question you’ve all been waiting for: how can I get rid of dry skin patches? “My first recommendation is to avoid harsh soaps and detergents or products containing alcohol which can strip the skin’s lipid layer (the barrier that keeps natural moisture in the skin),” Dr. Schmid says. “For the face, I recommend SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser or the brand’s Soothing Cleanser followed by an exfoliating product such as SkinCeuticals C + AHA, which contains vitamin C and an alpha-hydroxy acid. Finish with the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Repair 2:4:2 or Renew Overnight Dry. And, as always, apply sunscreen during the daytime hours.”
If you have less severe dryness on the body, Dr. Schmid recommends opting for SkinCeuticals Body Retexturing Treatment, a bifunctional resurfacing treatment for rough body zones. In tandem, use the SkinCeuticals Neck Chest & Hand Repair, a body treatment that helps brighten creping and photodamaged skin.
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