Successful treatment depends on employing preventative measures and the use of appropriate emollients, humectants and occlusive agents. Hydration of the stratum corneum (SC) is determined by three factors; the rate of water transport from the dermis to the SC, the rate of water loss from the epidermis and the water binding ability of stratum corneum. Overactive epidermal cell turnover also contributes to dryness and development of scaling.

Visible and tactile changes of the skin surface contribute to a feeling of dryness, during which the skin may feel uncomfortable, tight, rough and uneven.

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