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What can cause dry skin?

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Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

  • Your genes
  • Aging or hormonal changes
  • Weather such as wind, sun, or cold
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
  • Indoor heating
  • Long, hot baths and showers
  • Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers
  • Medications

From: What’s Your Skin Type? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The National Skin Care Institute: "Skin Types." 

The National Skin Care Institute: "Skin Types: Dry Skin." 

The National Skin Care Institute: "Skin Care."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dermatologists' Top 10 Tips for Relieving Dry Skin."

AcneNet: "Skin Care for People with Acne."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sensitive Skin."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

The National Skin Care Institute: "Skin Types." 

The National Skin Care Institute: "Skin Types: Dry Skin." 

The National Skin Care Institute: "Skin Care."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Dermatologists' Top 10 Tips for Relieving Dry Skin."

AcneNet: "Skin Care for People with Acne."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sensitive Skin."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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