Tell us which is worse: Severely dry skin or extremely oily skin?
If you’ve ever dealt with dry, Flaky Skin, you know just how frustrating it can be. Your face looks older than it is, your makeup looks cakey, and products that didn’t burn before suddenly irritate your skin to no end. No matter how much moisturizer you slather on, you still manage to feel like an alligator by the end of the day—so what gives?
You simply may have inherently dry skin that gets worse during the wintertime, thanks to the lower humidity, frigid temps, and harsh wind, says Rajani Katta, MD, board-certified dermatologist and author of Glow: The Dermatologists Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Flaky Skin Diet.
And believe it or not, the products you think are helping could actually be making things worse. Not sure what to do about it? We asked dermatologists to break down what could be causing the irritation—and exactly what you can do to heal your dry, Flaky Skin ASAP.
First, what causes dry, flaky skin on your face?
There’s a reason winter wreaks havoc on your complexion. “When the air is dry and cold, more water evaporates on the surface of your Flaky Skin. This leads to flaking because the top layer of the skin gets dried out,” says Angela Lamb, MD, director of the West side Mount Sinai Dermatology Faculty Practice, especially if your skin tends to be on the dry side already. “Skin cells are made up of proteins that get dried out when they are not hydrated. Think about a dried flower or a dried piece of fruit.”
“I frequently see allergic reactions to skin care or hair care products, and these can result in scaly, red, itchy patches,” says Dr. Katta. This reaction is a form of eczema—a cluster of skin conditions resulting in dry, flaky patches—known as allergic contact dermatitis. These flare-ups happen when the Flaky Skin become sensitive to a certain substance and is exposed to it more than once. It usually takes two to three days before the allergic rash begins to form.
Irritant dermatitis is another form of contact dermatitis that is becoming more common, says Dr. Kata. This often results in a more immediate reaction (think: that stiff, tight feeling) and is caused by products such as scrubs, exfoliating cleansers, masks, and acne medications that contain ingredients that may be too strong for your Flaky Skin type.
A common trigger for both? Fragrance—including natural (essential oils, for example) and synthetic (good ol’ perfume) varieties. Cosmetics, sunscreens, medications, and even your soap or detergent can also be culprits.
Seborrhea dermatitis is another form of eczema characterized by red, itchy, flaking skin in or between your eyebrows, in the folds next to your nose, or on your scalp (hello, dandruff!). Experts believe it is linked to an irritating yeast found in the oils of skin, which causes an immune system reaction
“Although your skin might appear to be dry, the flaking is actually due to inflammation, and it’s often seen in people with oily Flaky Skin,” says Dr. Kata. Flare-ups become more common during cold, dry months.
Psoriasis and eczema often look similar, but they aren’t the same thing. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, meaning it’s not caused by irritants. What’s more, it often results in patches that look scaly and raised. It does not tend to be as weather dependent, but if you have chronically dry, flaky, Flaky Skin, see your doc for a proper diagnosis, says Dr. Lamb.
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