When the weather turns cold, it’s not uncommon to experience dry, flaky skin on your face and neck. These dry patches can be uncomfortable — and sometimes unsightly. While a good moisturizer can help address flaky skin, a combination of prevention and treatment is the best approach.
Here’s what you can try at home and when to contact your doctor or dermatologist.
What Causes Dry Skin on the Face?
Dry facial skin may result from many factors. These include exposure to changing temperature or humidity levels, using harsh soaps, and skin conditions such as eczema.
Most cases of dry, flaky skin on your face are mild and will clear up with time. However, dry patches can sometimes indicate something more serious.
Contact your dermatologist if dryness doesn’t go away or is severely itchy. Seeing a doctor is especially important if you don’t know what’s causing the dryness.
Common conditions that can trigger dry skin include:
If your doctor rules these issues out, then a lack of moisture in your skin may be the cause of the dry skin on your face. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can try at home to get softer, smoother skin.