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Xerosis

Your skin is so dry that it feels tight and even has desquamation? You could be suffering from “Xerosis”.

What is Xerosis?

Xerosis is the correct name for dry skin. But not like any dry skin, but one on the limb. This is caused mainly by diseases such as diabetes or simply age. The result is dry, rough, tight skin, and may even flake. I recommend that whenever you feel your skin “different” or if you have any questions about the state of your skin, you visit a dermatologist for a diagnosis, after all, no one knows your body better than yourself and when you get to notice something different, it is because there is. Those of us who have sensitive and reactive skin know that when the seasons change, especially in winter, we must prepare our skin to face it in the best possible way.

Let’s dig deeper into the subject …


The ability of the skin to regulate hydration in the upper layers depends on 3 fundamental factors that occur at different depths within the skin.

  • In the upper layers of the skin, various hygroscopic molecules, such as urea, lactate, pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (APC), salts, and amino acids. They attract and fix large amounts of water.
  • The lipids of the skin’s own barrier have the function of reducing the loss of water by evaporation.
  • And in the deeper layers of the skin, the skin’s own vital moisture network propels water upward through aquaporin channels.

This “system” works well and adapts depending on the skin’s need for hydration. Maintains an adequate concentration of water in a changing environment. However, various internal and external factors can disrupt this system, leading to dry skin.

Xerosis symptoms are:

  • Tightness
  • Roughness
  • Scaly skin
  • Itchy
  • Sensitivity

How to treat xerosis?

  1. Avoid long, hot showers. Also use gels without soap or shower oils.
  1. Use products that are effective to treat it, preferably that contain ingredients like glycolic acid and retinoic acid.
  1. Choose to wear clothes that are made of silk and cotton so that your skin breathes and is not damaged by friction.
  1. Stay out of dry environments. One of my tips would be to put plants inside your house, since they keep the air humid.
  1. Last but not least, your diet. The body takes what it needs from what we eat, so it is important to eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, plant-based protein, and drink plenty of water.

Before self-medicating, consult a skin specialist for a more accurate diagnosis.

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