Dry skin has numerous causes. Some people are born with it, and it persists throughout life. It can be uncomfortable, incessantly irritable, and the desire to scratch is always present. The more it is scratched, the greater becomes the irritation and desire to repeat the process. It gives no lasting relief.
Aging people normally tend to have increasingly less secretions of the tiny oil producing glands of the skin (sebaceous glands). Therefore, there is a tendency for their skin to dry out, becoming irritable and uncomfortable. Besides, it tends to lose elasticity with advancing years, and the combination can evoke considerable discomfort.
Some environments can predispose to a drying out of the skin.
Also, certain illnesses can cause the skin to become abnormally dry. Any persisting dry skin should receive proper investigation by the physician.
Care in washing. Take care that you do not wash excessively. This tends to further dry out the already dry skin. Avoid the use of soaps as much as possible. These are generally alkaline and are quite harsh to the sensitive skin, tending to make it dryer than ever. (Use QV Bar, a non-soap cleanser.) Do not use undue drying medication. Avoid excessively hot or dry climates if possible.
Applications for Dry Skin
Products such as “QV Bath Oil” and “QV Skin Lotion” are useful. Egoderm Cream and Ego Skin Cream may be applied several times a day. These are lanoline free – some skins are sensitive to lanoline – and its use is best avoided. Fat-based applications to the skin often assist. Apply when skin is still moist. Coconut butter, liquid paraffin, petrolatum and other ointments help. Thick, dry, cracked skin. Sometimes the skin in certain areas becomes hard, thick and dry, and may be cracked. A common site is the heel. The fingers in aged persons may also be similarly affected, becoming quite painful and bleeding.
Vitamin A in a suitable ointment (Ungvita) applied liberally and often, frequently produces excellent results after it has been used for some time. It must be persevered with in conjunction with the other general measures noted earlier. If an effective result does not occur within several weeks, it is worth having a medical check from the physician. Sometimes chemical toxins can cause skin thickening (eg arsenical intoxication, which is possible in industry).