Dry hands, cause of dry skin. How do you get rid of the discomfort and prevent them from recurring?
Dry skin on the hands is a disorder that occurs under the influence of external and internal factors. Improper cosmetics, aggressive household substances, cold winds, or hot sun adversely affect the condition of the skin and cause a feeling of dryness and discomfort. The epidermis thins, flakes off, and its sensitivity increases.
What do dry hands on the skin look like?
In the photo, dry skin on the hands
Dry skin on the hands is a common disorder that manifests itself not only in the form of physical but also psychological discomfort. This condition of the skin is called “xerosis”.
External signs indicating violations:
- The skin loses elasticity, and density and becomes denser. Decreased moisture in the skin leads to loss of density and volume.
- Drought causes roughness and peeling. The upper layer of the corneum completely loses elasticity.
- When the cells are exfoliated, the skin begins to peel off, looking like fine dust.
Outward signs of dry skin on the hands are often accompanied by itching, burning, and irritation. Sensitivity increases and the ability to withstand the effects of external side effects are lost.
The main causes of on the skin
The reasons why the skin on the hands is dry can be related to a pathological condition (dermatitis or eczema). That is why it is important to treat skin diseases in a timely manner. Remember that it needs to affect any process from within and the external use of creams and ointments gives only a temporary result.
Discomfort can also be caused by such factors:
- Frequent hand washing in hard, chlorinated water – leading to the destruction of a natural barrier;
- Use of aggressive detergents, disinfectants, and handguns with bactericidal components;
- Lack of quality care: creams, serums, oils for hands and cuticles;
- Regular use of hard scrubs that interfere with the natural microbial surface of the skin and destroy the protective barrier of the epidermis;
- Use of aggressive household substances, solvents, acetones;
- Exposure to bad weather: strong, cold wind, scorching sun;
- Decrease in room humidity;
- Poor nutrition, where there are not enough proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
The causes of dry skin on the hands can be related not only to the effects of external factors but also to internal ones. Dry hands are a common companion for people who do not drink enough water and suffer from dehydration, take medication and eat poorly.
Dehydration can also occur under the influence of pathological conditions:
- Reduced immunity,
- Fungal infections,
- Iron deficiency,
- Gastrointestinal diseases,
- Skin diseases (dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, etc.).
Regular stressful situations cause an increase in the levels of cortisol and adrenaline, which can also dry out the skin.