Dry skin is a common skin condition. It is the result of low level of sebum in the skin and can be prone to sensitivity. As the skin in this condition is unable to retain moisture it has a parched look to it. After washing it feels tight and uncomfortable unless some moisturizer is applied to it.
This dryness is exaggerated by wind, massive changes in temperature and air-conditioning, all this causes the skin to flake and feel tight. This type of skin is tight around the bones. It gives the face a dull look especially on the cheek and around the eyes. There may be tiny expression lines on these spots. The fooling are some of the causes of dry skin.
The oil glands in a dry skin do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. This makes the skin dehydrated.
Dry skin could be carried in the genes and thus passed on to the coming generations.
A diet that does not have vitamin A and B also contributes to dry skin.
Too much sun exposure, wind, cold can lead to dry skin.
Certain drugs like diuretics, antihistamines and antispasmodics, contribute to dry skin.
Chemicals used in makeup and soaps could also cause dry skin.
Diabetes and its resulting treatment can also cause dry skin.