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
Irritants in detergents and soaps
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:
Cracks in the skin
Ashy appearance in people with darker skin tones
Skin that feels tight
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:
Skin infections and sores from scratching
Inability to sleep because your xerosis makes you uncomfortable
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.
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.