Dry skin can be unsightly and unpleasant to feel. You need to make sure you understand what the common causes of dry skin are so you can try to take steps to avoid having your skin become a scaly mess.

One of the major causes of dry skin is a drop in temperature that occurs over the winter. When the weather changes and it starts to get cold, skin tends to become dry and flaky. Turning up the heat inside actually exacerbates the negative impact that cold winter weather can have on the skin. This is because colder winter weather (and indoor heating) tend to result in reduced humidity. Installing a humidifier can help reduce the severity of dry skin.

Taking a hot and steamy shower is another cause of dry skin because the excess heat from standing under a hot spray can cause the natural oils in the skin to dry out quickly. The longer you stay in a hot shower, the drier your skin becomes. Avoid this by taking a quicker shower and not turning the temperature up too high.

These are just a few of many common causes of dry skin. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist about what may be causing your skin to be dry.