Xerosis is abnormally dry skin. It is commonly found among the elderly and is typically worse during winter when the air is lacking in humidity. Symptoms of xerosis are dry, itchy, scaly skin on the arms and legs; skin that feels tight after bathing; white flaky, finely cracked and/or pink irritated skin.
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Aside from oil-based moisturizers and other topical treatments, xerosis can be remedied by doing the following: taking shorter showers or baths with lukewarm water; using cleansers that are free of dyes, fragrances or alcohol, such as Avene Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion; staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water; and using a sunscreen when going outside, such as Elta MD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40.