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What causes dry skin?

When skin is dehydrated, the water content of the very top layer of skin is reduced, causing it to shrink. This shrinkage creates many of the familiar symptoms of dry skin, including itching, scaling, loss of elasticity and tightness. Scratching can further damages the skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection. Some causes of dry skin include:

  • Low humidity
  • Cold winter air
  • Excessive sun
  • Too much soap and water, which washes away natural oils
  • Cleansing in hot water