Dry, Itchy Skin

Dry skin affects many individuals at one time or another and can range in severity from mild to severe, or even disfiguring. Ordinarily dry skin is not serious, but it can cause some discomfort in the form of itching and irritation.


Most dry skin is a result of environmental factors such as:

  • Low humidity levels
  • Exposure to hot or cold weather
  • Excess bathing
  • Exposure to drying chemicals or substances

In most cases dry, itchy skin can be controlled by taking measures to stay hydrated and moisturize the skin, and using a topical anti-itch product if necessary.

In some cases dry, itchy skin can be a symptom of another skin condition. There are a number of skin conditions whose symptoms may include dry, itchy skin. Here are a few:

  • winter skin
  • eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • psoriasis
  • shingles

If you are experiencing chronic or severe dry skin, you may need treatment from a dermatologist.