Here are some lesserknown causes of dry skin. Alcohol, coffee and tea
These diuretics draw water from the body. Avoid them if you have parched skin.
Medication Many cold and u remedies that dry up mucus have drying effects on skin, too.
Smoking It constricts blood ow, limiting the amount of water and nutrition that reaches cells.
Strong topical treatments Excessive use of hydrogen peroxide, retinoids and benzoyl peroxide can make skin red and inflamed. Reduce the frequency to every other day until skin returns to normal – and always apply moisturiser when using products with these ingredients.
Diabetes Patients may be screened for this condition if they have extensive skin dryness without apparent triggers.