Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Dry SkinSkin moisture follows our life cycle. When we are born our skin is immature and needs a lot of support because it does not produce as much oil as we do when we are older. As we reach puberty, our skin becomes oilier causing excessive oiliness or even acne. Around middle age the skin returns to a child-like stage and becomes dry again. When I see elderly patients, 100% of them will complain about dry skin. They simply are not producing enough oil

Dry skin appears as fine flakes. Severe dry skin may look like alligator skin. The texture feels rough and looks unappealing. Medically, it is necessary to treat dry skin because the skin will have micro-perforations or tiny tears. Bacteria can enter into the tears within the skin and cause infection(s). This is especially important especially for those patients that have diabetes. For these patients infections in the lower extremities such as the legs can be very dangerous. It can lead to amputation or even death. 

When the skin gets infected it can lead to cellulitis. This is where the bacteria enters into the deeper layers of the skin and can spread to other parts of the body. Cellulitis appears as warm, scaly patches and plaques on the body. It feels warm to the touch and there is visible redness. You can see the cellulitis advancing or spreading to various body parts. It needs to be controlled because it can take minutes or hours to spread. This is considered a medical emergency!

Here are some examples of Dry Skin both on the Face and Foot area:

Dry Skin on Face

Dry Skin on Foot