Dr Bollmann, Anti-Aging and Skin Care Specialist
As we age, skin becomes drier. Actually, "xerosis," the medical name for dry skin, affects only the very outermost layer of the epidermis – the stratum corneum. Causing the skin to become flaky, itchy, or ‘tight,' discomfort is often the prevailing complaint.
Genetics, disease, lifestyle, and the environment can all cause the skin to become dry. And we are entering the time of year where the environment can cause dry skin. As a surgeon, many winter months caused my skin to become dry and have small bumps because of frequent scrubbing for surgery, and this did not occur in summer.
To help prevent dry skin, the best moisturizer is water. Drink 1 8-ounce glass of distilled water, with a pinch of salt (for electrolytes), every 1-2 hours that you are awake. By flushing toxins from the body with liquid that is free of deleterious metals and bacteria, you permit your skin to remain well hydrated.
To correct and prevent dry skin, returning the skin to its normal health, use our Basic Bare Skin Program. These six products contain everything necessary to bring your skin back to normal and keep it there.
IMPORTANT: Seek medical advice if no obvious cause of dry skin can be identified, as the situation may be caused by an underlying medical problem. Dry skin may arise as a direct result of another dermatological problem, for example dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis, however it can also be a sign of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland). Diabetics should always consult their doctor if they develop signs and symptoms of dry skin (or any other skin complaint), as diabetes can cause serious skin conditions.