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5 Causes Of Dry Skin

Updated on November 15, 2015

Most Common Causes of Dry Skin

I am a 25-year-old woman who suffers a lot from dry skin. My skin always seems to be dry – especially after I have had a shower or swam in my swimming pool. My skin can get so dry that it literally becomes rough and creates nasty fine lines and cracks, which I really hate. It’s really an uncomfortable thing for me. My predicament with dry skin started about a year ago and seems to be getting worse day by day. I used to have very beautiful skin but because of this, the beauty of my skin is ruined. Please what is causing my dry skin and what can I do to prevent dry skin?

Before we begin answering your question, you should know that you are not alone in having problems with dry skin. Billions of people all over the world experience this uncomfortable issue from time to time. Having a dry skin can be a very irritating and uncomfortable experience to many people. Not only can a dry skin cause you so much discomfort such as itching, peeling skin and cracks on the skin, but it can also destroy your beauty by giving you wrinkles that would have otherwise probably not come.

So what really causes the skin to become dry?

There are so many causes of dry skin. The average person’s skin will get dry when it loses a lot of water and oil. Here are some of the most common reasons why the average person experiences dry skin:


The weather plays a major role in determining whether the average person develops a dry skin or not. Many people living in cold parts of the world such as North America and Europe would notice that their skins tend to get drier during the winter season. The reason winter makes the skin to become very dry is simply because during winter, the temperature drops and the humidity level plummets too thereby producing dry air which causes the skin to become dry. That is the reason why when the winter season comes, a lot of people complain of dry and itchy skin.

Solution: Although you cannot stop winter from coming, you can put certain measure in place to prevent yourself from suffering from a dry skin during the winter. One of the best things you can do is to get a very good moisturizer to protect your skin during the winter. A good moisturizer will prevent your skin from being dried out by the cold winter air. Good moisturizers protect the skin by preventing water from escaping from the skin and leaving the skin dry. During winter seasons, you should apply a good moisturizer such as Cetaphil about three or more times a day. Another very good moisturizer you can use to protect your skin from becoming dry during the winter is Eucerin. Apply it several times a day in order to make your skin less dry.

Bathing hot water

Another thing that can easily cause you to suffer from dry skin is having hot baths or hot showers. I can’t deny the fact that it can be incredibly soothing having a hot bath or shower – especially during the days when the weather is cold. But sadly while having a hot shower is enjoyable, it can easily cause your skin to become dry. According to dermatologists, when you have a hot shower or bath, the heat from the water dries out the natural oil produced by the skin leaving the skin to become dry. This situation becomes even worse when you spend a very long time taking hot baths or showers.

Solution: The obvious solution here is to reduce the amount of hot water that you use in bathing and limit your bath time. Instead of using very hot water to bathe, you should try using warm water so that the natural oils from your skin aren’t removed. After bathing, you can apply good moisturizers such as Cetaphil and Eucerin. These great moisturizers perform a wonderful job in trapping water in your skin. You can also moisturize your skin with oil – preferably baby oil.

NOTE: In addition to bathing too much hot water for a long period of time, merely bathing your skin in any water (whether cold or hot) for a long period of time can easily strip your skin of moisture and make it dry.

Using harsh soaps

Not all soaps are really meant to be used in bathing because some are good for the skin whereas others are bad for the skin. We have mild soaps and harsh soaps. Now, using the latter to bathe is something which I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Using harsh soaps to bathe will cause your skin to lose the moisture in it. Simply put, harsh soaps dry your skin.

Solution: If you want to avoid suffering from a dry skin, then stay away from very harsh soaps and rather go in for mild soaps which do not contain harsh ingredients and are very soothing for the skin. It is very rare for a mild soap to cause irritation on the average person’s skin. Soaps such as Johnson’s Baby Milk Soap and Nivea Crème Soap are some of the best mild soaps that you can use in bathing. I particularly love to use Nivea Crème Soap to bathe simply because of how extremely soothing and soft it is on the skin. It is also very rich in almond oil which is very good for the health and beauty of the skin.

Too much exposure to the sun

Spending too much time under the sun also plays an instrumental role in drying the skin. The sun is capable of drying almost everything underneath it, and the skin isn’t an exception. When you spend too much time under the sun without any form of protection, the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun easily dry and damage your skin leaving your skin unhealthy and full of wrinkles. This is the reason why people who spend too much time under the sun unprotected tend to suffer from dry and unhealthy skin.

Solution: You can prevent this from happening by reducing the amount of time you spend in the sun and by using protection such as a sunscreen whenever you go under the sun.

Swimming in chlorinated swimming pools

You massively increase your risk of developing a dry skin if you frequently swim in pools that have chlorinated water. If you are wondering what a chlorinated pool is, you should know that it is simply a swimming pool that has chlorine added to its water. Chlorine is usually added into the water in swimming pools mainly to prevent algae from growing in the water and to kill bacteria and germs in the water. But too much exposure to chlorine can be very harmful to the skin and other parts of your body. According to dermatologists, when you frequently swim for long periods of time in chlorinated swimming pools, the chlorine in the water can easily cause you to develop dry skin and hair and eventually lead to wrinkles developing on your skin. Some have even linked too much exposure to chlorine to cancer.

Solution: You can easily avoid this from happening to you by reducing the number of times you swim in chlorinated pools and by showering before and immediately after you have swam in the chlorinated pool.

The above are some of the most common reasons why the average person suffers from dry skin problems.You can reduce your risk of developing dry skin (especially during the winter) if you religiously follow the solutions provided above.

NOTE: Do not hesitate consulting your doctor or a dermatologist if you suffer from severe or chronic dry skin problems that come along with severe complications such as red, itchy or cracked skin.


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