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Dry skin is a problem that affects millions of people.
Skin dryness causes itching, flaking, cracked lines and rough patches.
Many of us love swimming, and while it is a good source of exercise, it can also be a major contributor to dry skin patches under the eyes.
The skin underneath the eyes is thinner than the skin on the other parts of the body, and for this reason, fine lines and dark circles accumulate. This skin is also very sensitive and delicate.
The dryness can occur for a number of reasons, and solutions and treatments can be simple or complicated, depending on your condition.
Problems with dry skin can be a result of frequent bathing, especially if you use harsh soaps. Aging is a common cause of skin dryness, but also certain medical conditions.
Other signs that may follow dry skin are redness, irritable eyes, and scaly dry spots.
Apart from being irritating and uncomfortable, it can be embarrassing because the dry skin under eyes can make you look older and you may feel less confident or attractive.
But what is causing dry skin under eyes?
Let’s quickly go through the explanation of what dry skin is.
Identifying Dry Skin
Lack of moisture is the major reason of skin dryness.
Our skin has fine layers of lipids that keep the moisture in and keep the skin soft. Without these layers of oil, the skin is exposed and can be damaged easily. Furthermore, because the skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive, it is more vulnerable.
Sometimes the symptoms of dry skin under the eyes are not visible. Although the itching and irritable feelings are present, the other signs are not far behind. Dry skin creates wrinkles and fine lines. It also produces the rough and raw looking skin that feels textured when it is touched. Scaly flakes may be present along with a little swelling under the eyes.
Having a natural dry skin is not helpful in these instances, which is why dry skin should be treated properly and promptly.
Causes of dry flaky skin under the eyes
Our skin acts as a first protective barrier but it can be damaged if not treated carefully. While there are some factors we can impact on to protect our skin, some things we cannot easily change. Dry skin can be a result of different living conditions and circumstances.
- If you live in a dry climate you need to protect your skin
- If your family has a history of skin conditions, such as eczema or allergic dermatitis, you need to consult doctors and dermatologists to see what you can do to prevent skin related problems
What are the major causes of dry skin?
Climate and weather
In meteorology, there are two ways to explain dry air. It’s air that lacks humidity and air that has no water vapor. The air is thought to be dry when the relative humidity drops below around 40 percent.
Our skin is half water, even more than half, thus, when the air lacks humidity, the skin will logically dry out.
Even if you don’t live in a dry climate, artificial heating and cooling can also dry out the air.
Synthetic fibers from air-conditioning can, in fact, cause skin irritation, showed one study of hospital workers.
The first signs that your skin is starting to dry out are itching, followed by flaking and tightness of the skin around joints. The next recognizable signs are chapped lips and skin cracking.
Major problems occur when your skin is dry most of the time, which can lead to bacterial infection.
Makeup, soaps, moisturizers for face, hair shampoos and detergents, and fabric softeners – these are all enemies of the skin.
Skin reacts negatively to skin products for several reasons:
- Cosmetic products contain alcohol (SD or denatured) and synthetic fragrance (sometimes even natural fragrance) that damage the skin. Plant extracts in cosmetics can also rip the skin off natural oils. Reactions to synthetic ingredients can happen immediately or after a few days.
- Sometimes skin has an allergic reaction to several ingredients or a specific ingredient used in cosmetic products; this, however, has nothing to do with the quality of cosmetic products.
- If you use a product that does not match your skin type, the skin can react; most people know their skin types, but some are not well informed or have a problem to determine because the skin shows characteristics of several skin types and good reaction to different products that usually do not match the type. Emollient products, for instance, can cause the skin to develop clogged pores if your skin is oily.
- The skin will dry out if you apply many products with potent ingredients at the same time, like anti-aging products.
- If your skin is overly sensitive and reacts to anything you apply to your skin.
Mineral oil, for instance, can clog pores and cause blemishes. The oil is used in many cosmetic products, from creams and cleansers to makeup.
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