Throughout our tween and teen years, there are a lot of changes that take place. Our bodies change. Our hormones change. Even our personalities and things we are into change. With so many changes all happening at once, it can be daunting. Not knowing what is happening, why the changes are going on, and what to do about them. Skin concerns are something that many teens face at some point. Dry skin is something that many teens face.

Let’s take a closer look at dry skin, what causes it and how to reduce the risks of it. 

What is dry skin?

Dry skin is skin that has developed a dry top layer to it. The skin on top can feel rough to the touch. It can be irritating and feel sore. And it can appear to be red, or have a dried white look to it. 

Dry skin develops when there are factors that are not agreeing with the skin and the body is fighting them off. The reasons behind dry skin are different for everyone and there is no one thing in particular that causes it. 

What causes dry skin?

Dry skin has occurred for a number of reasons. A few reasons can include:

Hormonal changes – The changes that our bodies are going through including the changes to our hormones can cause havoc on our skin. It can cause it to become dry, irritated, and itchy at times.

Environmental factors – There are a number of environmental factors that can cause our skin to become dry and itchy These include:

    • The weather – Both hot and cold weather changes can cause problems with our skin, especially if we are not ready for it. This can include the humidity changes as well
    • Pollen – During Springtime when the new flowers are starting to blossom, this can cause concerns not just with your sinuses but also with your skin
    • Personal factors – There are a number of personal factors that can cause skin concerns such as excessive exercise, dehydration and poor skin care

What can I do about dry skin?

The first thing you need to do is try to be proactive and avoid dry skin appearing. This can be achieved by keeping hydrated, having a good skincare routine in place, and looking after your skin when you are outside in the different weather elements. 

A good skincare routine can help to keep your skin clean and remove any bacteria and dead skin that is building up on it. By removing this, there is less chance of the skin becoming irritated and dry due to dirt and oils. 

If you do develop patches of dry skin, it is best you don’t start scratching – as difficult as that might be. Use a quality moisturiser that is suited for your skin type and apply multiple times per day. 

Continue with your skincare routine and washing your face and body regularly to reduce the risk of more patches developing. 

Dry skin is inevitable for many people, but by being proactive means you can reduce your chances of it developing.