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   Tip #76 – Sin of the Skin #4: Dry Skin

As we age, skin becomes drier.  Actually, "xerosis," the medical name for dry skin, affects only the very outermost layer of the epidermis – the stratum corneum.   Causing the skin to become flaky, itchy, or ‘tight,' discomfort is often the prevailing complaint.  Genetics, disease, lifestyle, and the environment can all cause the skin to become dry.  Drink 1 8-ounce glass of distilled water, with a pinch of salt (for electrolytes), every 1-2 hours that you are awake.  By flushing toxins from the body with liquid that is free of deleterious metals and bacteria, you permit your skin to remain well hydrated.

IMPORTANT:  Seek medical advice if no obvious cause of dry skin can be identified, as the situation may be caused by an underlying medical problem. Dry skin may arise as a direct result of another dermatological problem, for example dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis, however it can also be a sign of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland).  Diabetics should always consult their doctor if they develop signs and symptoms of dry skin (or any other skin complaint), as diabetes can cause serious skin conditions.

The A4M encourages you to find an A4M specialty-trained physician to serve as your health coach and advocate.

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