Xerosis in Columbus, OH

Xerosis, or dry skin, can be caused by a variety of factors. The skin routinely dries out for short periods of time, but chronic dry skin is a sign that you need board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham. At Downtown Dermatology, she helps people in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area successfully control their xerosis.

What is Xerosis?

Xerosis is the medical term for “dry skin.” Your skin may be dry periodically or chronically, and the condition may be caused by:

  • Weather patterns and low humidity
  • Dehydration
  • Irritants in detergents and soaps
  • Medications
  • Taking baths or showers with water that is too hot
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Exposure to the sun and sunburn

Xerosis Treatment Benefits

Keeping your skin healthy is a top priority at Downtown Dermatology. Dr. Hicks-Graham recommends treatments for xerosis to alleviate symptoms associated with dry skin, such as:

  • Flaking
  • Itching
  • Fine lines
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Ashy appearance in people with darker skin tones
  • Skin that feels tight
  • Rough appearance
  • Peeling
  • Scaly skin

What Areas Can Be Treated for Xerosis?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hicks-Graham can recommend treatments for xerosis on any part of the scalp, face, and body.

What Can I Expect From Xerosis Treatment?

Treatment for xerosis not only makes your skin more beautiful and healthy, but it can also prevent other conditions that develop from dry skin, such as:

  • Redness
  • Skin infections and sores from scratching
  • Inability to sleep because your xerosis makes you uncomfortable
  • Open sores
  • Chronic peeling of the skin
  • Cracks that bleed

Xerosis Treatment Preparation

When you meet with Dr. Hicks-Graham, be prepared to discuss:

  • Your personal and family medical history
  • Medications and supplements
  • Ways that you have tried to improve your xerosis
  • Any triggers that you have noticed
  • Amount of time you spend in the sun and any sunscreen that you use
  • Products that seem to improve or worsen the xerosis

Xerosis Treatment Recovery

Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend that you make some changes at home to address your xerosis, such as avoiding sun exposure, taking lukewarm showers and baths and using a high-quality moisturizer. If your skin tends to crack, she may prescribe a lotion with hydrocortisone. If she determines that your xerosis is caused by an underlying condition, she will recommend appropriate treatments.

How Much Does Xerosis Treatment Cost?

In many cases, the consultation and treatment for xerosis at Downtown Dermatology is covered by medical insurance. You will have some out-of-pocket expenses. We accept payment by cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.

Is Xerosis Treatment Right for Me?

Xerosis describes a dryness of the skin that may be caused by several lifestyle and environmental factors. If you are unable to improve the dryness of your skin, you should discuss the concern with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham.

Xerosis Consultation

Chronic dry skin can be a sign of a skin condition, so you should contact us to schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham. She will determine why you have xerosis and what treatments can help with the condition.

Xerosis, or dry skin, can be an isolated problem or an indication of a skin condition. In the Columbus and Upper Arlington area, you can rely on board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham to determine why you have xerosis and what steps to take to address the problem.