How To Stop Dry Skin

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What Is Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common problem caused by insufficient moisture in the epidermis  (top layer of the skin). The epidermis contains fats and proteins which protect the skin from excessive evaporation of moisture and natural oils, so when these become scarce, the skin naturally dries out.

Dry skin is also referred to by dermatologists as Xerosis. Itchy skin is the most pronounced symptom of dry skin and may lead to what is called the itch-scratch cycle. It refers to when one itches and has to scratch, causing more itching and discomfort, and so the person has to keep on scratching. Frequent scratching may cause the skin to toughen and darken, sometimes developing cracks and deep furrows.

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