Dry skin is common during the summer season.  It is prevalent among residents of countries that have only wet and dry spells throughout the year, although wintry countries have also proven to cause severe cases of dry skin among its locals.  Lotions and creams are widely used to keep the skin from flaking and cracking up.  People are encouraged to wear sunscreens loaded with moisturizing properties to prevent the harmful effects of UV rays and keep the skin hydrated.


When dry skin is left without the aid of moisturizers, it can result to different complications that may potentially be harmful to the person’s health and cause irreversible damages on the skin’s appearance.  Below are some of the most frequent dry skin complications and how one can prevent these from happening.


  1. Eczema


This is a severe skin condition characterized by itching, redness, and flaking of the skin.  In most cases, the affected area develops small sacs that weep out fluid when punctured.  This can be addressed with topical treatments and non-soap cleansers..  Severe cases need to be checked by a dermatologist for proper management.

Dry skin on hands, back and front

  1. Skin cracks


Cracks are commonly observed on the feet, particularly on the heels.  The lips and fingers are also prone to cracking during cold weather.  Surprisingly, one of the biggest contributors of cracked skin is prolonged exposure to warm water when taking a shower or bathing in a tub.  Cracks are also frequently experienced by individuals 60 years or older, when the skin is inherently less supple.  This can be addressed by drinking plenty of water especially during summer, applying moisturizing lotion on the feet and other areas prone to drying and using mild soaps when bathing.


  1. Infections


When the skin is left dry and cracked, bacteria may breed in the openings and cause further damage.  This is when the affected area begins to smell and ooze out fluid, making it unsightly and embarrassing.  If the cracks develop into an itchy, bleeding wound in spite of regular cleaning and topical treatments, see a dermatologist right away.


  1. Psoriasis


When the body develops new skin faster than it needs to replace the dry ones, it causes dead skin cells to accumulate on the surface to become dry, itchy patches.  Although psoriasis is not contagious, the patches can be unsightly because of the incessant redness and flaking of the skin.  Unlike freckles removal and other simple skin conditions that can be treated through natural means, psoriasis needs expert medical intervention to prevent it from spreading further.


There are many causes of dry skin and its complications are as endless.  When the condition is hereditary, such as psoriasis, it may be more difficult to address.  Others resort to palliative care just to provide the affected person some relief.  While most skin disorders are not contagious, aggressive cases can still cause embarrassment and discrimination, making it an issue affecting self-confidence especially among children.


Take all necessary provisions when caring for skin problems, no matter how simple it may seem at first.  At the sign of developing infection, seek the opinion of a dermatologist right away.  Some cases have proven to be irreversible, damaging not only the skin, but the person’s morale and self-esteem as well.  Don’t let that happen.