Dry skin: Who gets and causes

Who gets dry skin and why?

Anyone can get dry skin. Skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil. Some people are more likely to have dry skin. Some causes of dry skin are:

  • Age: As we age, our skin becomes thinner and drier. By our 40s, many people need to use a good moisturizer every day.
  • Climate: Living in a dry climate such as a desert.
  • Skin disease: People who had atopic dermatitis (also called eczema) as a child tend to have dry skin as adults. Psoriasis also causes very dry skin.
  • Job: Nurses, hair stylists, and people in other occupations often immerse their skin in water throughout the day. This can cause the skin to become dry, raw, and cracked.
  • Swimming: Some pools have high levels of chlorine, which can dry the skin.

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