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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is xerosis?

This refers to dry skin. As a result, the affected skin is prone to scaling and cracks.

Symptoms of xerosis

  • Dry skin that gets worse or cracks in the winter months

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

Questions your doctor may ask to check for xerosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose xerosis

  • Does your dry skin get worse or crack in the winter months?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

Treatment for xerosis

Using moisturisers regularly (at least thrice a day, especially after baths) will be helpful.

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  • Scaling skin


  • Augustin M, Wilsmann-Theis D, Körber A, Kerscher M, Itschert G, Dippel M, Staubach P. Diagnosis and treatment of xerosis cutis - a position paper. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2019 Nov;17 Suppl 7:3-33. doi: 10.1111/ddg.13906. PMID: 31738016.


  • Amin R, Lechner A, Vogt A, Blume-Peytavi U, Kottner J. Molecular characterization of xerosis cutis: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2021 Dec 16;16(12):e0261253. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0261253. PMID: 34914754; PMCID: PMC8675746.


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