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What is the definition or description of: dry skin?

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Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 36 years experience
Xerosis: Skin lacking adequate moisture feels tight and uncomfortable. This can result from impaired lipid production within the skin leading to water loss. Patients with eczema are prone to dry skin. Other possible causes include low environmental humidity, excessive use of soap, or internal causes such as hypothyroidism. Application of moisturizing cream or ointment immediately after bathing can help.

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