Dry and eczema-prone skin
Recognize the signs
Dry, eczema-prone skin is deficient in lipids, a fatty substance that normally maintains the protective skin barrier. As a result, eczema-prone skin is more vulnerable to the elements. This vulnerability is caused by the immune system’s heightened sensitivity.
The following symptoms are typical of this skin disorder:
- The major symptom is extremely dry skin.
- It is also rough and has small, flaky patches.
- Red, dry and rough patches appear regularly or periodically, especially on the face, in skin folds (neck, elbow, back of knees) and on the extremities (hands, wrists, ankles).
- The skin is very itchy, sometimes to the point to disrupting sleep.
- Atopic dermatitis is more likely to occur among children with allergies, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergies.