Dry Skin Specialist

Dawn S. Allison, MD -  - Dermatologist

Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dawn S. Allison, MD

Dermatologist located in Bend, OR

Dry skin can be itchy, unsightly, and irritating and hard to find relief. If you’d like to find out what’s behind your dry skin, visit Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Bend, Oregon. Dermatologist Dawn Allison, MD can diagnose and treat your dry skin’s underlying causes. If you have dry skin that isn’t improving, call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.

Dry Skin Q&A

What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a widespread condition that may cause your skin to flake or develop rough patches. Typical signs and symptoms of dry skin include:

  • Itching
  • Rough, scaly, or flaky skin
  • Chapped or cracked lips
  • Cracked skin that may bleed

Most cases of dry skin are minor and heal on their own. However, severely dry skin that doesn’t dissipate may lead to more serious complications, such as infection, if left untreated. Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against invading germs, so cracks from dry skin may allow bacteria to enter.

What causes dry skin?

Dry skin has numerous possible causes, many of which are environmental. Some of the most common causes of dry skin include:

  • Weather: Dry skin is most prevalent in the winter months when temperatures and humidity levels drop.
  • Soaps and detergents: Many soaps are formulated to strip your skin of oil, leading to dryness.
  • Climate: Living in the desert or at high elevation can increase dry skin.
  • Heat: Central heating, wood stoves, and other heating elements reduce humidity levels and dry out your skin.
  • Hot water: Taking long, hot baths or showers can suck the moisture from your skin.
  • Swimming: Frequent swimming, especially in chlorinated pools, dry your skin.
  • Age: As you age, you become more susceptible to dry skin.
  • Disease: Dry skin may be a sign of certain diseases or disorders.

How does a dermatologist treat dry skin?

First, Dr. Allison performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to determine what might be causing your dry skin. If she suspects your dry skin may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, Dr. Alison may request diagnostic tests.

Most cases of dry skin resolve on their own with some lifestyle changes. If your case is mild, Dr. Allison may recommend using moisturizer or avoiding specific environmental conditions that cause dry skin.

If a more severe skin disease cause your condition, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, Dr. Allison may prescribe a medicated cream or ointment.

If chronic dry skin is causing pain, severe itching, or just won’t go away, Dr. Allison can help you find relief. Call Allison Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.