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Rough skin: fight flaky skin by replenishing moisture

Img_Rough skin: fight flaky skin by replenishing moisture

A lack of moisture and abnormal desquamation lead to dry, rough skin, which is particularly granular to the touch. Dermocosmetic products can help moisturize and smooth the skin.


Dry and rough skin

It is easy to identify dry, rough skin, both visually and to the touch. This type of skin has a granular and rough texture. Moreover, skin with dry, rough patches tends to become chapped and flaky. This dry flakiness can be seen over the entire body, particularly on the legs. Large, white scales then shed from extensive areas of the skin’s surface.


Dry and rough skin is caused by a lack of moisture and abnormal desquamation

The skin becomes rough, due to changes in the hydrolipidic film on the cutaneous surface. Water evaporates at an unusually rapid rate and the skin loses its natural moisture, leading to abnormal desquamation. The cells accumulate in clusters and remain on the skin’s surface rather than being eliminated. The scales are thus particularly visible and the skin feels rough to the touch.  Extremely dry skin with fine scaling is a condition called xerosis. Different factors that can cause the skin to become increasingly dry and rough:

  • a genetic predisposition

  • frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun

  • cold weather, wind

  • harsh cleansers

The rough and granular aspect of the skin on the face and body may also be caused by skin disorders, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and ichthyosis.


The solution: specific treatments to smooth the skin

Above all, dry and rough skin requires in-depth moisture-replenishment. Dermocosmetic products are specially formulated to restore the deficient hydrolipidic film and thus help regulate desquamation. These moisturisers should be applied to the entire body daily, particularly the more fragile areas, such as the legs. Moreover, we recommend that you:

  • cleanse your skin with gentle, rather than harsh cleansers: use soap and fragrance-free gels
  • take showers rather than baths
  • when taking a bath, do not stay in the water for too long
  • wash yourself in lukewarm water
  • avoid wearing wool clothing, which can rub against and thus irritate the skin
  • protect yourself from the cold and sun
  • drink sufficient amounts of water

For more information, please contact your dermatologist.

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