Dry skin is a problem for a lot of people. If you’re lucky, the problem tends to be season or location-based. A lot of people have problems with dry skin in the winter or cold areas. It is an obvious problem for anyone who lives in an arid environment too. Those of us who are less lucky have to deal with the threats of dry skin constantly. That itchy, tight feeling tends to make our skin less than wonderful to live in. It can get even worse if the dry skin gets focused in particular areas and we end up with dry, flaky patches on our arms and legs. These sort of visible patches demand a clear response to help get the dry skin back under control. Your skin needs help at that point and it will typically take a lot to ensure that your skin starts being healthy again. Fortunately, it is easier than you’d think.
Why My Arms and Legs?
This is a frequent question that a lot of people end up having in response to such patches. As with most things, the answer is actually somewhat complicated. A big favor of this honestly tends to be neglect to one degree or another. We all know how to care for our faces properly and spend a lot of time doing our best to ensure that nothing hurts our appearance. Not all of us remember to lavish the same attention on the rest of our skin. The disparity in treatment eventually physically manifests and suddenly we have no choice but to take proper care of our skin. There are other reasons though that depend on the season. Exposure and coverage are both culprits here. In summer, the exposure to sunlight and wind can end up drying the skin out. In winter, the keeping the areas covered tends to lead to them being consistently rubbed against by clothing while the friction dries out and damages the skin. The end result is the same regardless of the contributing sources.
Tending to the Problem
In most cases, mundane dry skin can be dealt with relatively easily. The key is almost always ensuring that the skin is getting properly moisturized and exfoliated. Properly moisturizing the skin involves catering to your skin type. Oily skin needs you to use water-based moisturizers while dry skin needs you to use oil-based cleansers. It is possible to have, in general, oilier skin while still have dry patches. Stick to the proper kind of moisturizer for your skin type to help avoid causing other skin issues. Treating dry patches is actually easier in winter as applying the moisturizer and then trapping it better with layers helps the moisture last long by protecting the area. You’ll probably want to wear something tight over it though to help prevent further friction issues. Exfoliating simply requires you to remember to take a scrub to the rest of your body a couple of times a month. Salt, sugar, and other scrubs can all do the job easily and help prevent the buildup of dry, dead skin.
What If It Lasts?
It is important to acknowledge that dry patches on the arms and legs can be something other than strictly mundane dry skin. Some skin conditions manifest as dry, scaly patches on the skin and require more direct treatment by a professional. Psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions tend to have specific treatments that can help reduce their overall appearance and help the skin fight back against the problem. Hydrocortisone creams are frequently used to give your skin the boost that it needs. If the dry patches aren’t sufficiently responding to moisturizers and exfoliating appears to simply irritate them, you should make an appointment with your doctor. They can examine the dry patches to determine if there is an underlying condition that needs treatment. Once this is determined, you should be well on your way to healing the dry patches. It will take time though. Most treatments will take several weeks so that the skin has time to respond and heal as it becomes healthy again.
There’s no reason to worry too much about dry patches on your arms and legs. They are fairly common overall and easily treated in most cases. If they happen to be a skin condition, appropriate treatment will generally help you get the patches back under control easily and let you keep them in control for the future. It is simply a matter of taking the appropriate steps to help ensure your skin’s overall health.