What Causes Dry Facial Skin? – 6 Reasons
The causes of dry facial skin are numerous. Sometimes, it is the products you are using to try and correct the problem. Here you will learn about the causes and the solutions.
- Excessive cleansing or the use of strong cleansers could be the cause. Strong cleansers can strip away the skin’s naturally protective oils. Those oils help to hold moisture in the skin’s outer layers. Because many people shower and wash their faces several times a day, this is the most common cause.
- Some facial cleansers, especially those designed to remove makeup are very drying. Acne treatments, toners, astringents and other products that you may be using on your face are also very drying. Even your water could be a problem.
- Chlorine is also drying. While the skin on your face is more sensitive than on other parts of the body, if chlorinated water were causing the problem, other parts of your body besides your face would probably be affected.
- Low humidity is another common cause. When the problem occurs primarily in the wintertime, it is due to the cold air outside and the warm air inside creating low humidity in the air.
Our skin’s cells get some of their moisture from the air. Your face could be more affected by low humidity, because it is exposed most of the time, while the rest of your body is covered.
- Poor nutrient intake is a possible cause. Specifically, deficient intakes of vitamin A or vitamin D can cause dry itchy skin anywhere on the body.
When the problem is isolated on the face, a nutritional deficiency is unlikely.
- Sunburn, illnesses and medication are things that you would be aware of as possible causes. If you are taking a medication, you can check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if dry skin is a side effect.
Again, medication or illness would cause dryness everywhere, not just on the face. The most likely cause is using a cleanser that is too strong or failing to use a moisturizer.
Preventing Dry Facial Skin
Moisturizers are a must for preventing dryness. But not all moisturizers are the same. Many include petrolatum or mineral oil which can cause greasiness and clog the pores. If used regularly, they can actually make the skin drier than it was before. Moisturizers that contain natural oils similar to the skin’s own oils are more readily absorbed. They will not block the pores and they do not cause greasiness. Avoid strong facial cleansers, astringents, toners and other skincare products that contain alcohols and other drying agents. Doing so could help prevent the problem from recurring. You can learn about some of the ingredients to look for in mild facial cleansers and good moisturizers in the last section of this article.
How to Get Rid of Dry Facial Skin
The preventative steps will also help you get rid of the problem. But if you want a quick remedy, a deep moisturizing facial mask is the ultimate solution. You can make a mask with ingredients you may already have around the house or you can purchase a good deep hydrating mask. A recipe for a good homemade mask follows this section. Ingredients to look for in readymade masks follow that section. Readymade masks are easier to use and may be more effective.
Home Remedies You can make for Dry Facial Skin
The nice thing about homemade masks is that you have complete control over the ingredients. What we put on the outside of our bodies ends up on the inside of our bodies. So, whether you make your own or buy skincare products, the ingredients should be safe enough to eat. There are many masks that you can make at home using fruits, oils and other food products. The following recipe is one that contains fatty acids to help nourish the skin and oils that are compatible with your skin’s own. The ingredients also provide other nutrients such as vitamins A, E and D. Those help, too.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Peel the avocado and cut out the pit.
- Mash up the pulp and mix in the other ingredients.
- Apply the mask to your face after using a gentle cleanser.
- Make sure your fingertips are clean and apply liberally over your whole face.
- Relax for 20 minutes and let the nutrients seep into your skin.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.