Xerosis. The accentuation of skin markings and fine scale illustrated here
are typical of xerosis. The tendency toward dry skin tends to be inherited and
is more common in families with a history of atopy. Low humidity, usually
related to dry heat during the winter months, is an aggravating factor.
Treatment of xerosis is aimed at rehydrating the stratum corneum. Emollients
containing urea or alpha-hydroxy acids are particularly effective. Excessive
bathing and the use of alkaline soaps must be avoided.
Color Atlas of Pediatric
Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal
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