This may not be the exact look of your condition. Please confirm your diagnosis with your dermatologist.

What is it?

Dry skin is a common skin condition that can happen to anyone at any age. Nearly all dry skin conditions do not represent serious health issues; however, dry skin can be a symptom of diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or malnutrition and should be checked by a dermatology provider.


Dry skin appears rough, flaky, scaly and occasionally red. In severe cases of dry skin, the skin may cause considerable pain and itchiness. Symptoms of severe cases of dry skin include deep cracks or fissures in the skin that may result in bleeding.

Could this be what you have?

Dry skin can affect anyone and is most often caused by environmental factors, including:

Harsh soap – These have a tendency to remove moisture from the skin

Bathing – Lengthy, hot showers or baths may contribute to dry skin

Itchy clothing – Irritates the skin, which may lead to scratching and dryness

Low humidity – Dry air can result in dry skin

Hot or cold weather – Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on skin

Medications – Dry skin is a common side effect of diuretics and other medications

Treatment Options @ Pinnacle

Treatment for common cases of dry skin usually involves environmental adjustments, along with topical moisturizers. Treatment recommendations may include:

Shorter, cooler showers or baths

Smoother, non-irritating clothing

Moisturizing soap (non-antibacterial)

Room humidifier

Reduced alcohol consumption

Prescription creams: In some cases, prescription topical creams can be prescribed to improve the skin.