Dry Skin Conditions
Extreme skin dryness can be a symptom of other more serious skin conditions:
Medical Conditions and Drugs
Diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney and liver diseases are diseases that may lead to dry skin. In these conditions, it is important to address skin dryness by regularly using moisturizers to keep skin supple. Certain drugs like antihypertensive agents, isotretinoin used in treatment of acne, and diuretics may also cause dryness.
Atopic dermatitis is an example of a possible underlying condition of extreme dryness. It is known as skin asthma by Filipinos. It is a common skin condition characterized by dry skin and red, itchy, scaly recurrent rashes on the skin folds. It is also associated with other atopic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergies. It is more common in children, especially those below 5 years of age, than in adults.
Mometasone furoate (Elica®) is a specially formulated and doctor-recommended topical ointment for eczema relief and other related skin conditions. Using a topical cream over rashes helps reduce the itch and softens the texture of damaged skin.