Skin Moistness

What Causes Dry Or Moist Skin?

Dry or moist skin can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose dry or moist skin, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "dry or moist skin" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • EFA Need
  • Dehydration
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Low Estrogens
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Diabetes I

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
adrenal insufficiency
sinusitis
shingles
pale facial coloring
very slow recovery from colds/flu
reduced mental clarity
grilled meat consumption
breast soreness during cycle
frequent runny nose
severe sexual abuse during childhood
frequent nighttime urination
severe fatigue after slight exertion
... and more than 180 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of dry or moist skin:
Cause Probability Status
EFA Need 94% Confirm
Kidney Disease 28% Unlikely
Dehydration 21% Unlikely
Diabetes I 3% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 0% Ruled out
Low Estrogens 0% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Need For Dietary Improvement 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about skin moistness:
Skin moistness. Without moisturizer, how dry or moist is your skin?
Possible responses:
→ Very dry
→ A bit dry
→ Average / don't know
→ A bit oily/moist
→ Definitely oily/moist
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either dry skin or oily/moist skin, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Diabetes Type I

Signs of Type 1 Diabetes, as it progresses, may include dry skin, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss and a thin, malnourished appearance.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism can manifest as dry or scaly or yellowish skin.

Kidney Disease

Excessively dry, persistently itchy skin is a possible symptom of kidney disease.

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

Exceptionally dry skin has been associated with mercury toxicity.

Vitamin A Toxicity

Chapped lips and dry skin, which may be early symptoms, will occur in a majority of patients with vitamin A toxicity, particularly in dry weather.

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