Like wrinkling, dry skin is also a symptom of aging and can become a significant day-to-day problem for some people, especially when it causes skin on the hands and feet to crack. Not only is the condition painful, but it can also increase the risk of infection by creating an opening for germs to enter the body.
Regular use of over-the-counter moisturizers often helps with dry skin, but if the condition is severe, a prescribed topical medication may be appropriate, Dr. Gelb says.
If you are concerned about your skin health, bring it up with your physician, Dr. Gelb says. There are a variety of treatment options available.
“If you aren’t finding relief, don’t hesitate to seek help,” Dr. Gelb says. “That’s what we’re here for.”