Understanding Dry Skin

Commonly characterized by itchiness, redness, cracking, and flaking, dry skin can be influenced by genetic factors, environmental elements like humidity and temperature, and lifestyle choices such as bathing habits and the use of moisturizers. Knowing the cause of dry skin and having a custom-tailored skincare routine can help you keep your skin moisturized, which in turn will improve your quality of life.

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How We Can Help

At Sherman Aesthetic Center, we believe in a comprehensive approach to skin health, which we like to think of as “skin fitness.” Just like your body benefits from regular exercise and a healthy diet, your skin thrives with proper care and targeted treatments. If you're struggling with dry skin, we invite you to schedule a skin consultation with our experts. Let us help you develop a personalized skin fitness plan that hydrates, rejuvenates, and maintains your skin's optimal health.

Common Causes of Dry Skin

Environmental Factors

Low humidity levels—particularly during winter when heating systems are used extensively—can reduce the moisture in the air and contribute to skin dryness. Windy and cold weather can also strip moisture from the skin.

Hot Showers and Baths

While it might feel relaxing, taking long hot showers or baths can remove natural oils from the skin, leading to dryness.

Harsh Soaps and Detergents

Products with harsh chemicals or those not formulated for sensitive skin can remove natural oils and moisture, resulting in dry and irritated skin.

Skin Conditions

Conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), psoriasis, and dermatitis can cause severe dryness and make the skin more prone to losing moisture.


Our pores naturally produce less oil as we age, leading to decreased moisture levels that can leave the skin feeling dry and tight.


Some people are more genetically predisposed to having dry skin than others.

Lifestyle Factors

Diet can also play a role; not consuming enough water or essential fatty acids can lead to drier skin. Smoking and frequent exposure to the sun can also reduce your skin’s natural oils and moisture.

Medical Conditions and Medications

Health issues like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition can affect the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Certain medications, including diuretics for blood pressure, some types of antihistamines, retinoids, and chemotherapy drugs, can cause a side effect of dry skin.

Skincare Ingredients That Soothe Dry Skin

The key to treating dry skin is maintaining and enhancing the skin's moisture barrier. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides are excellent for trapping and retaining moisture within the skin. Emollients like shea butter and oils (e.g., coconut and jojoba) can also be effective in softening and smoothing the skin by filling gaps in dry skin flakes. Our skincare experts at Sherman Aesthetic Center can help you choose products that will keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated.

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How to Handle Dry Skin

Daily routines should include gentle cleansing followed by the application of a rich moisturizer to lock in hydration. It's crucial to choose products that are free from irritants like fragrances and alcohol. Also, adjusting the water temperature during showers and baths to warm rather than hot can prevent further drying of the skin. During your skin consultation, our medical aesthetic professionals will help you understand the best ways to prevent dry skin.

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Why Choose Sherman Aesthetic Center?

With Dr. Deborah Sherman and Dr. Mark Melson leading the Sherman Aesthetic Center team, you benefit from over 50 years of combined expertise in eyelid surgery and facial aesthetics. Our practice applies advanced, state-of-the-art treatments, education, and training to stay at the forefront of innovation so our patients receive the best aesthetic treatments available. Our highly trained team is dedicated to crafting a skincare regimen perfectly tailored to your unique skin type, concerns, and aspirations.

Start with a complimentary skin care consultation, where we will design a personalized regimen to enhance your skin’s natural radiance for years to come. If you're experiencing persistent dryness or irritation, Sherman Aesthetic Center can help develop a personalized skincare program tailored to your needs. Contact our Nashville aesthetic center to schedule a consultation and learn more about achieving and maintaining healthy, hydrated skin.

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