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):
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes I
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney Disease
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Low Estrogens
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency

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:
low HDL cholesterol level
low energy/stamina
infrequent daytime urination
pain medication use
high dairy product consumption
low fruit/vegetable consumption
red palms/fingertips
Addison's disease
frequent nighttime urination
very brittle hair
having asthma
... and more than 190 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
Diabetes I 97% Confirm
Dehydration 25% Unlikely
Kidney Disease 25% Unlikely
Need For Dietary Improvement 0% Ruled out
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 0% Ruled out
Low Estrogens 0% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 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 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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