Dry skin, or xerosis, refers to epidermis that lacks moisture or sebum, the oily substance produced by the sebaceous gland which keeps skin looking smooth and supple (and can also cause acne). With xerosis, skin cells shrink from insufficient moisture and can cause pain.

Symptoms

Dry skin often looks tight, unnatural, or dehydrated. Sometimes there is a ruddy hue and a rough, patchy texture to the skin from lack of moisture. Frequently there are fine lines in the skin and varying degrees of itching, flaking, or peeling of the epidermis which can be quite uncomfortable and even painful. In severe cases, an open wound or fissure can develop in the outer layer of the skin. This condition can be quite painful and vulnerable to infection if left untreated.

What Causes It?

Environment and behavior play key roles in the development and appearance of dry skin. Behavioral causes include frequent bathing or showering and excessive scrubbing and cleaning, all of which remove the skin’s natural oils and dry out the skin. Sunbathers are also more susceptible to dry skin and skin damage due to the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Certain medications and harsh bath soaps can also cause dry skin.

Environmental factors include living in a dry climate, as well as exposure to winter weather and its lower humidity. Older people tend to have drier skin due to lower concentrations of sebum. People who are Vitamin A deficient may also develop dry skin. Some people may inherit dry skin disorders called ichthyosis.

Treatment Options

Your dermatologist will determine the proper course of treatment for your dry skin. The goal of treatment will be to restore and retain moisture in the skin, and treatments may include topical creams, cleansers, lotions and serums.

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Zephyrhills 
38162 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL 33540
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Weston 
2625 Executive Park Drive Suite 7
Weston, FL 33331
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Venice Health Park Suite 1295 
1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice Health Park Venice, FL 34292
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Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Drive Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
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Sun City Center 
4002 Sun City Center Blvd, Unit 102
Sun City Center, FL 33573
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Sarasota 
2426 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Port Charlotte 
2525 Harbor Blvd. Suite 310
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
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Pembroke Pines 
603 N. Flamingo Road Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
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Parrish 
9015 US Hwy 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
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North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
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North Port – Bobcat Village 
3105 Bobcat Village Center Rd
North Port, FL 34288
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Naples – North 
1015 Crosspointe Dr.
Naples, FL 34110
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Naples – Health Park 
11181 Health Park Blvd., Suite 2280
Naples, FL 34110
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Naples – Downtown 
261 9th St South
Naples, FL 34102
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1108 Goodlette-Frank Rd.
North Naples, FL 34102
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9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
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Mercy Professional Suite 6008 
3659 South Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
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Mercy Professional Suite 6006 (Formerly Suite 102) 
3659 South Miami Ave, Suite 6006
Miami, FL 33133
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Marco Island 
950 N. Collier Blvd. Suite 303
Marco Island, FL 34145
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Hialeah 
7100 W. 20th Ave, Suite 702
Hialeah, FL 33016
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Fort Myers – West 
9400 Gladiolus Drive, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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7331 Gladiolus Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Fort Myers – Metro 
13641 Metropolis Ave, Suite 102
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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Fort Myers – The Forum 
3268 Forum Blvd. Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Fort Myers – Downtown 
2621 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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Englewood 
406 N. Indiana Avenue
Englewood, FL 34223
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Deerfield Beach 
1880-A W Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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Clearwater 
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
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2366 Surfside Blvd Suite C111
Cape Coral, FL 33991
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413 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste. 101
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Bonita Springs 
25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 90
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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Boca Raton 
2499 West Glades Road, Suite 310
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Bay Harbor Islands 
1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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1010 N Mills Ave.
Arcadia, FL 34266
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