Scaly skin is a common condition. It is usually more noticeable in the winter months when the humidity and temperatures are low. Plus, we are inside with the heat on and that can further add to our skin drying out. Scaly skin could be caused by:
- Psoriasis – thick, flaky red skin. It is an autoimmune disease.
- Eczema – red, dry skin that itches and burns which can result in skin that is scaly.
- Ichthyosis – mostly an inherited skin disorder. Symptoms are scaly, dry skin.
- Severe, dry skin – dry air, low humidity and age can cause skin to loose moisture and dry out.
It is always wise to see a dermatologist to determine what is causing the skin condition. If severe dry skin is the culprit, there are a few steps you can take to nurture and improve your scaly skin.
- Synthetic chemicals in soaps, cosmetics and detergents can irritate and dry out your skin. Choose products created with all natural and organic ingredients. Less is more when looking for mild, gentle soaps, lotions and cosmetics.
- Use warm (not hot) water when showering. Hot water removes natural oils from your skin. Limit your shower time to 10 – 15 minutes.
- Apply a natural moisturizer after your shower. Shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter are a few excellent botanical oils for dry skin and will help trap water in the surface cells.
Wearing breathable fabrics like cotton and installing a humidifier in your home will also aid in relieving dry, itchy, scaly skin. Fall might be a great time to initiate a few of these steps to ward off dry skin before it starts or to keep it from getting worse.