Summary of the issue

What causes dry skin?

Dry skin doesn't just "come and go". Dry skin is a constant, permanent concern caused by a lack of lipids. But rest assured, it is entirely possible to take care of it with targeted actions. The exact causes of this dry skin must be determined. We help you to understand this better.

Dry skin: internal causes

A feeling of tightness and stinging. Less soft skin, duller complexion. These are all typical signs of dry skin. But where does it come from? The first cause is genetics. This is called constitutional (or innate) dry skin, which naturally produces few lipids.


How to recognise dry skin?


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Dry skin: also external causes

Certain factors, although not strictly responsible for skin dryness, greatly contribute to it. This is called "extrinsic dry skin". What are the elements that dry out our skin on a daily basis? 

  • Frequent washing and irritating soaps also damage the skin's hydrolipidic film
  • Clothes that are too rough, in direct contact with the skin, are also likely to dry out your epidermis
  • Tobacco
  • And of course, environmental conditions. Climatic conditions such as cold, dry air or UV rays impact directly the skin’s hydration.

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Dry skin: the role of hormones

Other factors, which may not necessarily be considered, may cause skin dryness, such as hormonal changes.


Pregnancy is a time of hormonal changes. When you are pregnant, these variations can cause your body to undergo various changes, including loss of moisture from your skin. As a result, your skin may become more uncomfortable and sensitive.

How to care for your skin during pregnancy


Other hormonal changes are linked to age, particularly during the menopause. These changes can slow down the activity of the sebaceous glands (which produce sebum) and sweat glands (which secrete sweat). The skin is then not as well hydrated and becomes drier and rougher.

All you need to know about age-related dry skin


For dry skin, personalised care

Whatever the reasons for your skin dryness, whether it is on your face or the rest of your body, it’s important for you to adopt an appropriate skincare routine. Start with gentle cleansing using soap-free cosmetics and then apply a nourishing product in the morning and evening, as well as a weekly exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.

Remember to adapt your daily habits:

  • Take showers rather than baths and avoid hot water
  • Drink at least one and a half litres of water a day
  • Protect yourself from the sun and the cold
  • Enrich your diet with essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6, which you will find in oily fish, rapeseed oil, oilseeds, etc.).

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