What to Do about Facial Dryness

Facial dryness can be a problem for several reasons.  First and most superficially, lack of facial moisture can result in unpleasant, flaky looking skin or redness.  Second, facial dryness is often uncomfortable.  It might be accompanied by itching and sensitivity.  Third, and perhaps most importantly, lack of facial moisture can result in an entryway for infection.  Because itching often accompanies facial dryness, you might find that ignoring your problem is actually the worst thing that you can do.  When you itch a dry face you not only create ugly red blotches, you might also create the possibility of infection.  An infection is definitely not what you want on your face.

What is facial dryness?

Facial dryness usually results from an imbalance in the oils that populate the surface of your skin.  When someone has a dry face, it is usually because something has reduced the amount of oils on the skin surface, allowing the moisture in the lower layers to evaporate.

A bit of a dermatology lesson might give you as sense of how this works.  The outer layer of your skin is what protects you from ingesting outside organisms right into your body.  You might think of this outside layer as a shield against hostile forces.  However, if you get too many of these oils on the outer layer of the skin, your face can start to feel oily.  In addition, the build up of too many of these oils can block pores and lead to pimples and other sorts of skin conditions.  Often hormones trigger this build-up of oils.  This is why teenagers are so prone to pimples.  

What causes facial dryness?

Typically, facial dryness occurs not because of hormones but when some kind of outside stimulation acts on the surface of the skin.  For example, the air conditioning system in many businesses can affect the oils on your face.  Air conditioning systems will often dry out the air not allowing your skin to replenish the moisture in the lower layers.

Sometimes, however, we cause the dryness in our skin.  Often, in an attempt to prevent pimples during our teenage years we develop the habit of washing our face multiple times a day.  Although this might sound like a good idea when it comes to preventing pimples, making such a strategy a long-term habit can lead to a lack of facial moisture.  Excessive facial cleansing doesn’t allow the oils on your face to take hold.  This makes it so that the layer of moisture beneath this protective surface evaporates, rendering your skin dry and scaly.  Furthermore, because cleansing often involves rubbing, the very act of washing your face may lead to irritation.

Often the chemicals in the cleansing soap may also irritate the face.  Many soaps are made more for hands than face.  Even those made with the face specifically in mind might still have a negative interaction with the specific conditions of your face.  If you are specifically trying to get rid of pimples, you might find that the very chemicals meant to keep your acne problem at bay are the ones that have the worst effects on your facial dryness.

Remedies for Lack of Facial moisture

Often simple changes in habit can have positive effects for facial dryness.  Reducing the frequency of facial cleansing, for example, can help you to retain the beneficial oils that naturally populate the surface of your skin.  Changing to a hypoallergenic soap or reducing the amount of acne medication you take can also have good effects.

Often however, the key to restoring your skin’s natural regime involves using moisturizer and a gentle facial cleansing with oils that help return your face to its natural balance.  Consult with a dermatologist to get the mix just right.  If you have severe rashes that don’t seem to respond to the usual treatments you should definitely see your doctor about it, since skin dryness can sometimes indicate the presence of a more serious underlying condition.


 

 


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