Identify the cause of your dry skin.
Is your dry skin a result of a skin condition such as dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis?
There are many different skin conditions that can be responsible for dry and flaking skin. Common dry, flaky or scaling skin conditions include seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis, nummular dermatitis or eczema.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is often responsible for a flaky and scaling scalp. There can also be dryness and flaking around the ears, the eyebrows, the inner nasal flap and even the neck.
Psoriasis is similar but does not affect the face as much. The most common type of psoriasis is found on the scalp, elbows, knees and sacral area. Psoriasis has more silver scales and can be very thick.
Eczema can similarly produce dry areas, cracked and fissused skin. There are many different types of eczema, some dry and some weepy and moist. Atopic dermatitis can be both moist or dry, depending on what stage it is in. Nummular dermatitis commonly causes a dry and flaking lesion that is usually found on the lower legs.
There are many other problem skin conditions that can cause dryness. Each of them have internal and external triggers that you should aim to identify to make long term changes to the skins condition.
All problem skin conditions involve triggers such as immune imbalances, mineral or vitamin deficiencies, gut toxicity, stress or hormones.