WHAT ARE DRY HANDS?
WHAT CAUSES DRY SKIN ON HANDS?
1. DRY AIR
Whether it’s hot or cold, dry air can leave the skin on your hands parched. When winter brings cold, dry winds, the humidity level plunges. Indoor heating can also strip even more moisture from the air.
As you become more and more dehydrated, you can become dizzy and your blood volume can decrease. This can cause dry skin on hands.
Remember to drink enough water every day to ensure your body is hydrated and your skin stays soft and supple from the inside.
3. EXCESSIVE HAND WASHING
Every time you wash your hands you strip your skin of its natural oils. Excessive hand washing can quickly leave you with dry hands. Consider washing your hands with lukewarm water and a cream-based, soap-free hand wash to reduce the drying effects.
Many acne medications contain chemical exfoliants like, retinol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. These chemicals can severely dry out your skin – including your hands.
Speak to your dermatologist if you are worried about dry skin on hands. They might be able to prescribe something more gentle.
5. AN UNDERLYING CONDITION
A number of medical conditions can be the cause of dry hands, including:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Underactive thyroid gland
Consult a qualified physician if you suspect a medical condition may be causing dry skin on your hands.
6. YOUR GENES
Researchers claim that dry skin can be inherited.
Experts at the University of Dundee, in Scotland, found that gene mutations which control the production of proteins used to form and hydrate the skin’s barrier, can cause several drying skin conditions.
People with these mutations suffer drier skin and are more likely to develop skin conditions like, eczema.
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