De­hy­drat­ing Cul­prits

Here are some lesser­known causes of dry skin. Al­co­hol, cof­fee and tea

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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.

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