Dry Skin (Keratosis Pilaris)

Dry skin can occur at any age and for many reasons. In general, skin becomes drier as we age; it is drier in winter months than in summer months, and drier in low-humidity climates, such as Arizona, than in high-humidity climates, such as Florida. Skin is not dry because it lacks oil, but because it lacks water. Therefore all treatments are aimed at replacing water in the skin and the environment. Dry skin is a problem for individuals of all skin colors, but may be especially distressing to people with darker skin tones.  It is uncomfortable and is easily noticed in people with darker skin because of its grayish, “ashy” appearance.  The regular use of moisturizers can help, although, some of these moisturizing products may worsen conditions like acne (pimples).  If acne develops or worsens, discontinue using the moisturizers and see a dermatologist.

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