What are Dry Skin Wrinkles?
For the most part, dry skin isn’t serious. It is, however, uncomfortable and can be a cause of concern for some people. When your skin is dry, it turns usually plump* skin cells into shriveled cells instead. This is how fine lines and wrinkles are created. There are some serious dry skin conditions that are an inherited group of disorders (ichthyosis). For the most part, dry skin conditions are due to environmental conditions, which can be controlled to a certain extent. Excessive bathing and exposure to hot or cold temperatures can also cause dry skin wrinkles.
What are Contributing Factors to Having Dry Skin?
There are some diseases that can cause excessively dry skin, although environmental factors are the most common cause. Here are some causes of dry skin:
- Weather – Skin dries out in winter, because of the cold temperature changes. Humidity levels plummet and existing skin conditions usually worsen. You can also experience dry skin if you live in a desert area, where temperatures can be very high and humidity levels low.
- Central Heating and Air Conditioning – These units reduce* the humidity levels in your home, which can dry out your skin.
- Hot Baths and Showers – Bathing with excessively hot water for long periods of time break down the lipid barriers in your skin. Swimming frequently in heavy chlorinated pools can do the same thing.
- Harsh Soaps and Detergents – There are many bath soaps and detergents that actually strip lipids from your skin.
- Sun Exposure – This is the most common way people get dry skin. The sun’s heat dries your skin and penetrates far beyond the visible layer of skin. Sun damaged skin often appears dry.
What are the Different Types of Dry Skin Disorders?
Some skin disorders cause dry skin. Here are the most common ones to blame:
- Atopic Dermatitis – This is the most common type of eczema. Those affected have more sensitive, drier skin.
- Psoriasis – This is a skin condition where patients have rough, dry, dead skin cells.
- Thyroid Disorders – When a patient’s thyroid produces* too little thyroid hormones, it is called hypothyroidism. It reduces* the activity of your sweat and oil glands, which causes rough, dry skin.
Does Dry Skin Really Cause Wrinkles and Aging Skin?
One thing that happens as our skin ages is that it also becomes dry, so it is safe to assume that dry skin could potentially lead to wrinkles. Some health experts have a difference of opinion on this subject. Dry skin definitely means your skin isn’t 100% healthy, so it’s a good idea to treat* it as soon as possible and to prevent it from reoccurring. To have healthy skin is to have vibrant, glowing skin. You definitely cannot have this if your skin is dry. Hormonal imbalances and thyroid problems are the most common causes of medical-related dry skin conditions. Dry skin also causes temporary wrinkles in the skin and all temporary wrinkles have the potential to become permanent.
What are the Common Symptoms of Dry Skin Wrinkles?
Although dry skin is usually temporary for most people, it is never comfortable. Here are some symptoms of dry skin:
- Your skin may feel tight, particularly after you’ve taken a shower, bath or went swimming.
- Skin may look shrunken and dehydrated.
- Skin will also feel rough.
- Intense itching sometimes occurs with dry skin.
- Dry skin sometimes flakes, scales or peels.
- Fine lines and wrinkles, cracks may appear in the affected area.
- You may see some redness.
- Deep fissures can occur, which bleed.
Treatment and Prevention
Dry skin responds well to home remedies for the most part. Avoid long, hot showers and utilize daily moisturizers. You can also add a bit of olive or baby oil into your shower gel, liquid hand soap and shampoo. For very dry, scaly skin, you can sometimes use an over-the-counter cream that contains lactic acid and/or urea. For more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe you medication.
Things you can do to prevent dry skin is to avoid caffeine, smoking and alcohol. These items are diuretics and can cause dehydration. You should also increase* your water level. Drink up to 8 glasses of water a day to stay well-hydrated. Adding oil to your bathwater is just as effective as putting it in your regular soap. Finally, protect* your skin from the elements by wearing hats, coats, scarves, heavy socks and thick gloves in winter and wearing protective clothing in the summer. Always moisturize your skin before exposing it to these elements. Be sure to wear sunscreen (SPF 15 at a minimum) whenever you’re planning to spend time in the sun, even if it is hiding behind the clouds.