Very Dry Skin
Very dry skin lacks suppleness, can cause itching and tightness and is usually thin and fragile. The worst areas may be red and generally, the skin feels rough. This happens when the skin has lost its ability to retain hydration (water) of any sort. This may be caused by over-exposure to chemicals - even some types of soaps. Very dry skin can also be caused by medical conditions such as atopic dermatitis or, if the skin is dry all over, ichtyosis. In these cases, it is important to visit your chosen healthcare practitioner.