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The opposite of oily skin, dry skin appears thin, matt and without imperfections.  The pores are more closed up.

On the other hand: people who have this type of skin are prone to a daily discomfort due to tightness or even burning or itching.

A fragile type of skin

The diminution of the stock of water in the horny layer (the outer part of the epidermis) which forms part of dry skin is a skin problem called “xerosis”. It leads to a thinning, fragility, dryness and lack of suppleness of the skin which is sometimes accompanied by desquamation (skin flaking off) to a lesser or greater degree...

From xerosis to dermatological diseases

If the xerosis is generally an isolated dermatological problem, then instead it could be the sign of dermatological diseases such as atopic dermatitis or ichthyosis, forms of eczema and psoriasis. The skin takes on a rough, grey and grainy appearance, the scalp produces painful scales and cracks appear on the palms of the hands and feet… This skin can also be subject to itching which risks changing the quality of the skin barrier and causing pain, a drying out of the epidermis and even infections.

If you recognise your condition from any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to consult a dermatologist.

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