Dry skin may be present in numerous people and some people are genetically predisposed to developing dry skin. However, there are a few risk factors that can contribute to the development of dry skin.
Dry, windy weather can contribute to the excessive dryness of the skin. People that live in climates that are less humid and dryer have dry skin. Also, during autumn and winter, the dry skin can be more common.
People over the age of 65 are more likely to have dry skin. This is due to the fact that the skin no longer produces as many essential oils and collagen as during youth, so the skin will be less elastic and less hydrated.
People that have an unsuitable diet that doesn’t contain a sufficient amount of fats may develop dry skin. A lack of vitamins can also cause dry skin.
People that bathe or shower frequently (i.e. more than once per day) can have dry skin, as during the shower, the essential oils are removed from the skin and the skin will be deprived by these oils.
Use of Unsuitable Skin Products
The use of skin products that are not suitable for the skin or irritate the skin can cause dry skin. The patient should try several skin products and get products that are formulated for her specific skin type. Too many synthetic ingredients can be detrimental for the quality of the skin.