Xerosis, a medical term for dry skin is a common but manageable problem. Xerosis is more common in elderly patients who appear to have decreased lipid composition of the top layer of skin that helps prevent water loss on our skin. Retaining moisture in the skin becomes difficult as we age. When the natural moisture is lost, skin becomes dry, scaly, and itchy. When xerosis becomes severe, complications such as eczema craquelé or asteatotic eczema can develop and the topmost skin layer is compromised by cracking and fissuring, allowing irritants or bacteria to get into the skin, causing inflammation or infection. Book an appointment with us to find out the treatment options.