The signs of dry skin – an overview
Dry skin lacks lipids and moisture. Professionals also describe it as skin that is deficient in hydrolipids. Due to the lack of oil and moisture, the skin becomes rough, brittle, scaly and even chapped. Itching and a feeling of tautness can also be experienced. In general, dry skin can occur on all parts of the body, although areas of skin with fewer sebaceous glands are affected more frequently. These include the hands, feet, lower arms and lower legs.
Dry skin is characterized by reduced elasticity as well as a rougher complexion and wrinkles. As the skin grows increasingly dry, it can become redder and chapped.
Slightly dry skin feels gradually tauter and has a dull, slightly scaly appearance. As the dryness progresses, the skin becomes rough and brittle, and looks increasingly scaly. Very dry skin is frequently chapped and is accompanied by itching and a severe feeling of tautness.