By Lisa Esposito, Staff Writer |Sept. 27, 2017
…Dry skin, also known as xerosis, can affect anyone but it’s especially common with aging, often showing up on the forearms and lower legs. Dry skin feels rough and looks flaky and dull. As dryness increases, fine cracks or fissures can form in the skin.
Itchiness, or pruritus, often goes along with dry skin. “If our skin gets dry, we itch and we scratch at it,” Parsons says. “When we scratch, we traumatize the skin.”
Moisturizing regularly with lotion helps prevent dry skin. Lotions containing alpha hydroxy acid, such as lactic acid or glycolic acid, may offer added protection, Parsons says.