What causes bad skin that brings dry itchy flaky skin? There are many reasons why dryness happens, and, if you’re unfortunate being a target and regular victim of bad skin, it’s best to know the reasons to help you single out whatever one is the cause of your bad skin.

Note: Skin disorders that can’t be prevented such as (dermatitis and eczema ) are damaging skin conditions, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat them with medication that’ll help control and manage the amount of damage they do.

People with bad skin should never make a self-diagnosis of what they think the reason is for why their skin is in a bad way. Treating a condition with the wrong medication can leave the skin in a worse way than it already was, not to mention the possibility of infection.

About Dermatitis:

Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. It identifies itself as a red itchy rash normally with swelling, cracked skin and blistering. The rash usually has a distinct edge, but not in every case. Depending on how long dermatitis has been around it can alter the look of the rash.

What is irritant contact dermatitis? It isn’t an allergic reaction if that’s what you think. It is a direct result of skin contact with a chemical substance that’s toxic or an irritant. As with a lot of skin conditions, it’s easy to get confused, so you have to be on the ball and quick to find out what the problem is. Get it wrong and you could be in serious trouble, health-wise.

It’s scary the number of people that think irritant contact dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction when it’s not. Confused people waste time and money treating something that doesn’t exist, other than the real condition that does!

Symptoms of mild irritant contact dermatitis… typically includes a red rash and that’s it, whereas, if severe, it can bring (swelling, blistering and ulceration).

What is allergic contact dermatitis? This happens when the immune system becomes sensitised to one or more natural or artificial substances. This type is caused by an allergic reaction, and not irritant contact dermatitis. Inflammation after coming in contact with an allergen is common, although, it doesn’t happen instantly. Late symptoms are down to the body’s immune defences taking time to respond.

Signs of allergic contact dermatitis are redness, dry skin, itch, flaking and blisters. Fingertips might appear cracked with red sore knuckles.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is chronic recurring skin inflammation. This disorder is supposedly down to a person’s genetic make-up, and, also known to worsen with age, as well as in people living a stressful life. A bad onset of eczema looks ugly and painful because of weeping open sores, crusted or scaly skin, along with bloodied areas where the skin is cracked.

Dry Skin in general: If no condition is to blame for the dry skin, then the patient simply has what millions of other people have, and that being—problem skin. Because dry skin can seriously affect appearance, people get depressed and so now we not only have to deal with a skin problem but a health matter too.

If you feel despondent and give up on your skin, don’t expect a positive outcome of clear soft moist supple skin. Stress and worry can only add to your problem. Do what the experts suggest to prevent or treat dry skin and a clear complexion is likely. If you’ve tried recommended moisturizers and cream, and dryness remains, see a doctor for fear it’s more than just dry skin.

Note: Dry skin can happen as a result of many things, and some of those things you might find hard to believe is harmful, but, they’re out there so be wary.


Harsh soaps, itchy material and the misuse of moisturizer as well as hot baths are a no go.
Moisturizing helps prevent dryness, however too much is bad. Limit the amount used. Moisturizer works best on damp skin as it traps in natural moisture.
In the cold month’s moisture is drawn from the skin. Not only does the skin seriously suffer in this time, but also can be seriously affected in particular environments on the inside. Depending on how the home is heated (dry heat), this is not healthy for the skin. Tip: Lower the thermostat, moisturize and install a humidifier in sleeping quarters. As for outside protection, there’s nothing more you can do but shield the skin with a hat, scarf and gloves.
Long stays in hot water can wash away natural oils. If the skin feels tight after leaving the bathtub… it’s dried out. Tip: Shower over a bath. Lightly pat the body dry and moisturize right away. Be careful with soap, and how much you use. Soap quickly takes away the skin’s protective oils. Use skin cleanser rather than soap.
If a garment feels itchy take it off. Dry skin is sensitive to contact irritants, causing more itchiness and chafing.

All content on this website/blog should not be substituted for that of the opinion of a doctor or other type of bad skin professional!

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