Dry skin - self-careSkin - dry; Winter itch; Xerosis; Xerosis cutis
Dry skin occurs when your skin loses too much water and oil. Dry skin is common and can affect anyone at any age.
Symptoms of dry skin include:
- Scaling, flaking, or peeling skin
- Skin that feels rough
- Skin tightness, especially after bathing
- Cracks in the skin that may bleed
You can get dry skin anywhere on your body. But it commonly shows up on the hands, feet, arms, and lower legs.
American College of Dermatology website. Dry skin: diagnosis and treatment. www.aad.org/diseases/a-z/dry-skin-treatment#overview. Accessed September 16, 2019.
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