There is nothing worse than dry patches on face especially when you’re trying to get ready for a busy day at work or a great evening event such as a date. We all suffer with dry skin from time to time and although it isn’t particularly pleasant, it isn’t normally something you need to be overly concerned with, resolving the issue with a few beauty product switches or a change to your cleansing and getting-ready regime.
When the dry patches are somewhere visible, like on your face, the problem can be embarrassing as well as irritating and itchy. It’s impossible to cover dry skin with makeup, normally resulting in clogged up and caked-on foundation and concealer, often making it look more visible then it did when you first started. In order to solve the problem, you’re going to need to go right back to the beginning and to start with, you’ll need to find out why the dry is happening in the first place.
Symptoms of dry patches on face
As well as the obvious signs that you have these patches of dry skin – the dry skin themselves, you may notice a number of other symptoms including the following:
- Tightness of the skin
- Cracking of the skin
- Skin that feels rough to touch
- Scaly skin – red or silver
- Chapped, breaking or broken skin
- Skin that itches
- Red, inflamed or sore skin
Medically known as Xerosis, there are a number of other conditions linked to these dry and scaly patches.
Causes of dry patches on face
There are a number of underlying skin conditions which could leave you with dry patches on face, and sometimes it’s as simple a case as using the wrong makeup remover wipes or incorrect soap. Sensitive skin can often result in breakouts of dry, scaly skin, and when you have figured out what product or item is causing the problem, you can avoid it, actively eliminating the problem.
Once you stop using whatever it is that is irritating your face, the irritation will go away. If it doesn’t, it could be happening for another reason…
Acne + Acne Medication
Both acne and acne medication can cause dry patches on face. The acne medication taking either orally or topically can dry the skin out, encouraging the skin cells to produce LESS sebum or oil, resulting in drier skin that can become chapped and broken if not taken care of.
At the same time, when acne spots are picked and spread and then dry out, they can also cause the same dry patches of skin on the face.
Environmental + Surroundings
Everything around you can impact your skin, even down to the weather conditions which are, in fact, a common reason why you might experience patches of dryness all over your body as well as on your face.
When the weather gets very cold, the first thing you do is put the heating on and the hot, dry air around you can cause your skin to dry out also. This is why people commonly find they suffer more with the dryness during the winter than in the summer. The summer brings with it more moisture in the air.
When you are outside in the cold temperatures, your face is usually the last thing you’ll chose to cover up and when your skin is being exposed to cold temperatures, it can again turn dry and scaly.
During the summer things don’t get much easier because you then need to worry about sun protection. The powerful UVA and UVB rays of the sun can cause skin damage, causing damage and harm to the surface levels and even giving you a great risk of getting skin cancer.
If you like to swim, chlorinated water can cause the skin all over your body to dry out. Having baths and showers with extreme hot and cold temperatures can also have the same effect. That really hot bath you love to have on a Friday night might feel great but it won’t be doing much good for your skin.
Underlying Medical Conditions
There are a number of more serious conditions which can cause dryness of the skin on the face and the two that seem to more the most prolific offenders are kidney disease and diabetes.
Aside from that, certain skin conditions are also likely to leave you with these dry patches including eczema, psoriasis and even dermatitis.
How to treat dry patches on face
The good news is that there are a number of ways you can go about treating these dry patches. The first of which is to look at your cleansing regime.
When using moisturizers, cleansers, toners and other beauty products, try to keep them as natural as possible. Using over-perfumed products, or products with a high alcohol content, will dry your skin out more despite what it may say it can do on the packet. In many beauty products you buy you rehydrate your skin, the alcohol content counteracts it.
You should moisturize often but make sure you’re not over-cleansing your skin. Continual washing of the skin will strip it of the natural oils you need to stop the dry skin from happening. Wash once in the morning and once at night, making sure to take your makeup off before you go to bed (leaving it on will also dry out your skin and cause red, scaly patches), and moisturize with a natural rehydrating moisturizer twice per day, ensuring you use sun protection whilst out and about even if the sun isn’t out.