Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Xerosis Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area who suffer from chronic dry skin can find relief at Clear Lake Dermatology. Known as xerosis, chronic dry skin can be brought on by dehydration or a vitamin deficiency. Xerosis can also occur whenever patients have a disease such as diabetes, or it could be a side effect of certain medications. Xerosis is also common as a person ages; therefore, many senior citizens are affected by this disorder.
People who suffer from xerosis have dry skin over large portions of their body. These dry patches of skin often flake, peel, become inflamed, and crack. Dry skin may also be extremely itchy. Xerosis does not respond well to over-the-counter lotions, so this condition persists no matter how much moisturizer is applied to the skin’s surface.
Certain conditions can make xerosis worse, such as overexposure to sunlight, cold weather, and exposure to harsh chemicals such as those found in a swimming pool. People who are affected by this disorder should eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid the factors that trigger xerosis outbreaks. Patients should use a moisturizing shower gel and apply lotion to the skin immediately after bathing.
Using the right product is important, as many store-brand lotions contain wax or paraffin. These substances cannot adequately penetrate the skin, so moisture essentially stays on top of the skin’s surface, resulting in a greasy feeling that does little to combat the peeling, flaking, and itchiness of the skin. Our doctors can recommend the right products for patients with xerosis to use, depending on the severity of the condition and whether the skin is also cracking.
Xerosis will not go away, but it can be managed effectively by using the right skin care products.