How to recognize dry skin?

Detecting the problem is the first step on the road to dealing with it. The same is true for xerosis, also known as dry skin. By quickly recognizing the symptoms, you can deal with this unpleasant condition relatively swiftly and easily. If you want to learn how to recognize dry skin and what to pay attention to, look no further!

Where to look for dry skin symptoms?

Some parts of the body are more likely to develop dry skin than others. The most common areas include1:

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  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Lower legs
  • Abdomen
  • Areas of friction (e.g. soles, ankles)

It's important to remember that dry skin can affect any area of the body - the above are only the most common areas. Therefore, it is a good habit to check your entire body regularly for any early signs of dry skin.

Signs and symptoms of dry skin

While the general set of symptoms and signs of dry skin is constant, its severity may depend on factors such as age2, genetic predisposition, health, diet, and lifestyle. To check for signs of dry skin, look for3:

Increased scaling and itching

Increased scaling and itching

Tight skin especially after swimming or bathing icon

Tight skin (especially after swimming or bathing)

Rough and flaky skin icon

Rough and flaky skin

Fine lines or cracks icon

Fine lines or cracks

Red patches icon

Red patches

Grey, ashy skin icon

Grey, ashy skin

Skin dehydration icon

Skin dehydration

The root cause of dry skin is disturbed skin regeneration process4, which results in cells with poor quality4, a loss of lipids1, and ineffective shedding5. These structural changes promote water loss and keep the skin dry over time5.

Scratching makes it worse – use proven dry skin products

Effects of itching skin diagram

Itching is perhaps the most annoying symptom of dry skin. We would like to emphasize that despite the irritating feeling, it is essential not to scratch dry skin. Scratching leads to further damage and dehydration of the skin, which puts us in a cycle of dry skin – which does not end unless appropriate measures are taken.

Many treatments try to occlude the skin to reduce water loss. But this outside-in approach does not address the root cause of dry skin. Bepanthen® Derma was designed specifically to help you get rid of the problem of dry skin through the introduction of the inside-out approach. It alleviates the symptoms and provides lasting moisturization through the use of its special Dexpanthenol Repair Complex that contains:

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  • Dexpanthenol, which works deep within the skin to repair the disrupted cell renewal proces
  • Vitamin B3 to soothe itchy dry skin
  • Natural lipids including Shea Butter and Argan Oil to replace lost skin lipids
  • Glycerine to provide immediate and long-lasting moisturization

As a result, you can enjoy comprehensive skin protection and regeneration!


1 Proksch J Dtsch Dermatol Ges_2005. The management of dry skin with topical emollients - recent perspectives. JDDG; 2005  ́ 3:768±774

2 Blume Peytavi. Gerontologist, 2016, Vol. 56, No. S2, S230–S242doi:10.1093/geront/gnw003

3 Wohlrab J, Kreft D. Niacinamide - mechanisms of action and its topical use in dermatology. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2014;27(6):311-315. doi:10.1159/000359974.

4 Rawlings AV, Matts PJ. Stratum corneum moisturization at the molecular level: An update in relation to the dry skin cycle. J Invest Dermatol. 2005;124(6):1099-1110. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1747.2005.23726.x.

5 Chen Y, Lyga J. Brain-skin connection: Stress, inflammation and skin aging. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets. 2014;13(3):177-190. doi:10.2174/1871528113666140522104422.

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