What is Dry Skin?
Who Gets Dry Skin?
Patients of all ages, skin types, race, and gender can experience dry skin in their lifetime. People at higher risk for xerosis include: low humidity, certain medical conditions, use of harsh soaps, and medications. Xerosis has a higher incidence as people age. Most people age 60 or above have dry skin.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dry Skin?
Xerosis is characterized by rough, dry, or dull appearing skin. If skin is scaly, the scales usually flake off easy. Xerosis is most commonly affected on the lower extremities (shins), upper body, especially the tops/back of hands.