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Dry Skin on Face Causes & Homemade Remedies

Updated on June 2, 2013

Dry skin on face means the lack of moisture of the facial skin. Epidermis is the outer layer of the skin that covers the interior part of the body and obviously the most exposed epidermis part of human body is the face. The cells of the facial epidermis contain pores which help the breathing of the skin and continually loose moisture to the air and make the skin look dry. Without proper maintenance and care, the dryness of facial skin may lead to serious problems like Xerosis.

Dry skin on face
Dry skin on face

Reasons behind dry skin on face

The main reason of dry skin on face is the dehydration of the epidermis which can be caused from cold weather, low humidity in air, malnutrition (especially lack of Vitamin A & C), poor food habit and excessive taking of caffeine and sweetened foods. Dry face may also occur as a side effect of taking drugs and higher antibiotics. If you are suffering from diabetics, then it may leave a sign on your face making it dry. Excessive dryness of the face leads to Xerosis, which makes the skin rough and stretched along with some other difficulties like flaking, redness, facial cracks and itching.

Getting rid of dry skin on face

To get rid of dry skin on face, best thing you can do is to identify the reason. If you are suffering from dryness due to over exposure to sunlight, then you must use a sun-block cream when you go outdoors. Using soap on your face while taking a bath is another reason behind the dryness. Soaps and cleansers like face wash, deep cleanser etc. destroy the natural oil layer of the facial epidermis and make it prone to lose moisture. So it is better to avoid unnecessary use of soap. Using the paste of creamy milk with almond powder may help your skin to trap moisture during your baths. Avoid using warm water to wash your face. Instead, you can use lukewarm water. Try to avoid room heating or air conditioning if possible for most of the time of the day during winter. To improve the humidity of your office or living room you can use a humidifier.

Improve your skin condition

You can improve the moisture condition of your face skin in several ways to protect it from dryness. Drinking plenty of water is a good way to do so. It will enrich your facial cells with adequate moisture. Vegetables and fruits are good for health as well as for skin. Decorate your daily food list with lots juicy fruits and nourishing vegetables. If your skin type is dry then you should use a moisturizer every time you wash your face or take a bath and every night before you go to bed. Make sure that your moisturizer doesn’t contain harmful soap, oil, dioxanes, parabens and alcohol.

Homemade remedies for dry skin on face

Cleaning and exfoliating is a good way to remove dead skin cells that are produced in increased number due to dryness. Use a gentle scrub cream to exfoliate your face and make sure that it matches with your skin type. You can also use a homemade scrub cream like the mixture of yolk of an egg, some orange juice, olive oil and a few drops of rose water. Using a couple of pinches of baking soda with your daily face wash also shows some good effects on dry face skin. Rub the homemade paste on your skin with a circular motion for a few minutes and wash after at least 20 minutes.

Dry skin on face is a common and natural problem. Try organic ways to get rid of it rather than depending on chemical products. As soon as you realize that your skin is tending to dry, take necessary actions to prevent future problems.


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