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Dry skin is a precursor to sensitized skin because when skin is dry, it?s depleted of its natural protective lipid barrier. The extreme, most severe form of dry skin is called ichthyosis, also known as fish-scale disease. Dry skin may cause itching and be a precursor to skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
Despite decades of research, much remains unanswered about the epidemiology of dry Skin.
Using mild keratolytics (e.g. urea cream) to remove skin scales, humectants (e.g. glycerol) to soften the skin and moisturisers (e.g. sorbolene cream) to prevent or replace moisture loss all help to reduce the problem of dry skin.
It is vital to keep skin prone to dry well hydrated with regular moisturising even when there is not much current dry skin