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.
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:
|Need For Dietary Improvement||26%||Unlikely|
|Vitamin A Toxicity||16%||Unlikely|
|Diabetes I||5%||Ruled out|
|Low Estrogens||3%||Ruled out|
|EFA Need||0%||Ruled out|
|Mercury Toxicity||0%||Ruled out|
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
As the body tries to conserve remaining fluid, water is drawn from the skin to be used in more important processes.
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.
Excessively dry, persistently itchy skin is a possible symptom of kidney disease.
Exceptionally dry skin has been associated with mercury 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.