Skin > Understanding dry skin
Dry skin overview
Dry skin is caused by a lack of water in the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). Dry skin can make the skin rough, scaly or flaking. It will also often be itchy causes people to scratch it making the symptoms worse. Here we look at common symptoms and causes and how dry skin can be treated. Our skin overview page has more information.
Treating dry skin
Having dry skin can be at best annoying and at worst distressing, stressful and upsetting. Knowing how to best care for your dry skin is key to keeping it under control and minimising flare ups, whether it’s on your face or body. Here we look at how dry skin should be looked after with various treatment options.