An Overview On Bumpy And Rough Skin
An Overview On Bumpy And Rough Skin

Rough skin can affect women and men of all ages and the areas like face, hands, feet, neck, legs and other parts of the body also. This rough skin is generally due to the dryness and the dead skin cells.

What Is Rough Skin?

Sometimes the skin feels uneven, irregular and rugged to touch, especially on the feet, hands and also on the face, which is often caused due to the build-up of the dead skin cells and dryness. The natural process of renewal of the skin slows down with the age. But there are many factors that can contribute to the accumulation of the dead skin cells and can expedite bumpy and rough skin.

Causes Of Rough Skin

Sebum (oil) is produced by the skin naturally. When there is excess production of natural oil, it leads to pimples and acne. But sebum production is also beneficial as it protects the skin from infection and keeps the skin hydrated.

Dryness can be there if the skin is not replenishing and producing enough of the sebum.

Dryness can lead to bumpy, flaky, itchy and also red patches. It lacks water and appears dull and rough. The dry rough patches, tiny bumps, usually on the thighs, cheeks or upper harms is known as keratosis pilaris. It is a common skin condition and can be treated with creams containing lactic acid, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid.

Possible Causes Of Rough And Dry Skin:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cold weather
  • Dry air
  • Unstable skin pH
  • Excessive washing of the skin
  • Over going out in the sun
  • Various skin condition like seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
  • Uncontrolled exposure to harsh chemicals

Rough Skin On Different Areas

  • Feet

There is a limited number of oil glands present on the feet, which generally means the skin is more thick and dry on the feet. Rough skin on the feet is accompanied by calluses which are caused by the friction created due to cracked heels, or by wearing shoes that result from the feet holding up the weight of the body.

  • Hands

The roughness in the hands is generally caused by the dryness of the skin. The hands are more susceptible to dryness because of the presence of fewer oil glands and hands are exposed to a number of grating factors. Contact with harsh chemicals, extreme weather conditions, and frequent washing of the hands reduces the moisture level from the skin and leads to rough skin on hands.

  • Face

If the moisturizer that you are using for the face is unable to improve the dry rough patches on the skin and other areas on the face like eyebrows, around the nose, then your skin condition is solely responsible for the rough skin on the face. The red, rough skin on the cheeks is mainly due to eczema while irritated rough skin with thick scales is generally due to psoriasis.

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