The Truth About Dry Skin (It Has Nothing to Do With Your Moisturizer)

More stock images - 002It’s a common belief that dry skin has to do with lack of moisture in the superficial layers of the skin. Daily use of moisturizers and sufficient water intake are typically the standard recommendations every time the skin exhibits signs of moderate to severe dryness — from flaky patches to cracked skin.

The truth is there’s more to skin dehydration than inconsistent application of skin moisturizers. Like most skin care problems, unprotected sun exposure is the primary offender behind dry, dull skin. Sun-damaged skin loses its ability to retain moisture, which leads to extreme dryness. Additionally, skin care products that contain harsh and irritating ingredients alter the pH levels in the skin’s epidermal layers, which further contributes to impairment in the way the skin retains moisture. Alcohol, mint, menthol, and citrus are examples of such harsh ingredients.


Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what really triggers dry, flaky skin, here are some ways to help your skin retain its dewy, youthful look:


  • Apply sunscreen consistently. Cloudy days are no exception because the skin-damaging UV rays can still pass through the clouds.
  • If moisturizers don’t seem to work for you, consider pure plant oils such as avocado oil and jojoba oil.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures such as cold weather or air conditioners and heaters. Installing humidifiers at home may make a difference.
  • Consider using exfoliators that contain AHAs and BHAs. Aside from removing dead skin cells, AHAs and BHAs help stimulate collagen renewal.
  • Do not overlook the lip area! It may be tempting to frequently lick your lips but it actually contributes to dryness when the saliva evaporates. Additionally, choose lip care products that don’t contain the harsh ingredients mentioned above.


Schedule a personal consultation today to learn more about products and treatments that will help improve skin dryness. Get in touch with the Matsuda Dermatology team by calling 808-949-7568.