How does dry skin occur?
Some people have naturally very dry skin, whilst others only suffer from reddened and itchy areas of skin during the cold months. This then develops into rough and chapped areas and gives the skin an uncomfortable tight feeling.
This is often due to the sebaceous glands, as it is their job to provide the skin with oils and thus protect it from drying out. If there are only a few sebaceous glands or if they aren’t working properly, the skin will dry out quickly.
Very dry skin therefore often occurs in areas with not many sebaceous glands and not much subcutaneous tissue. This is particularly true of areas such as the elbows, knees or shins. Whilst the sebaceous glands produce plenty of sebum during puberty, sebum production decreases as you get older. The skin then needs increased, richer care.
External factors can be conducive to very dry skin developing. This includes cold, heat, sunlight, excessive contact with water, a poor diet or a lack of moisture.
Many people suffer from very dry skin especially during the cold months, as the cold deprives the skin of moisture. On top of that, the sebaceous glands produce less sebum during cooler seasons.
You should therefore give your skin plenty of attention during the cold months and pamper dry and very dry skin with a moisturising care cream. Find out more about the reasons for dry skin here.