Dry skin is a result of lack of water in the outer layer of the skin. Dry skin is a very common condition and can range widely in severity. It is more common in older individuals. Exposure to the elements and chemicals can increase the severity of the condition. The most common symptom of dry skin is itching. Often the skin will flake and peel. In more severe cases deep cracks or fissures will develop. If left untreated open sores may develop and become infected due to scratching.
Environmental exposure has a great effect on the condition of our skin. Winter is often the worst time for dry skin due to the low temperature and low humidity. Heating systems also reduce humidity in the winter. Long hot baths or shower can lead to dry skin as can the use of deodorant and antibacterial soaps. Certain medical conditions and medications can result in dry skin.
Proper foot hygiene is essential in treating and preventing dry skin. Bathing in warm water and use of mild soaps prevents excessive drying. Use of a moisturizer after bathing will help trap water in the superficial layers of skin. Protection from the environment is also important. Use of a humidifier during the winter is important as is sock made of natural fibers.
CeraVe lotion or cream is an good solution for mild dry skin. For severe cases of dry skin the use of creams and lotions that contain lactic acid or urea may be required. Footsupplystore.com carries Hydro-Cutis Cream which contains lactic acid and Kera-42 Cream which contains urea.
If these measures do not resolve the condition or if you have redness and open sores seek medical attention immediately. Patients with Diabetes and poor circulation should consult their physician to avoid infection.