What Could Be Causing Your Dry Skin

Five lesser-known reasons you should know.

You have a moisturing beauty regime down pat, so what could be causing your skin to be so parched? We ask Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of The Sloane Clinic. 

Dry Skin Cause Alcohol

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1/ Alcohol, Coffee and Tea
Avoid these diuretics which draw water away from the body.

2/ Medication
Many cold and flu remedies that dry up mucus have drying effects on skin too.

3/ Smoking
It constricts blood flow, limiting the amount of water and nutrition that reaches cells. 

Dry Skin Cause Topical Creams

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4/ Strong Topical Treatments
Excessive use of hydrogen peroxide, Retin-A and benzoyl peroxide can make skin red and inflamed. Reduce the frequency of usage to every other day till skin becomes normal, and always put on moisturiser when using them.

5/ Diabetes
Patients are usually screened for the condition if they have extensive skin dryness without apparent triggers.

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