Throughout our teenage 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 is developed 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
    •  Exercise –  Excess movement can be a big cause of skin dryness. Not the exercise itself, but the sweat that is produced, if not cleaned off properly, it can irritate the skin.  
    • Overuse – Hands are prone to getting dry skin due to the amount that they are used and washed with soap. 
    • Dehydration – A big concern for our skin is when it is not getting enough water. Dehydration can cause your skin to become dry and irritated very easily. 

Poor Skin Care – If there is not a good skincare routine in place, the skin is more likely to develop dry spots. This can be due to bacteria and oils building up on the skin, causing irritation and then drying out.


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 hard 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 most people, but being proactive means you can reduce your chances of it developing.