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What Are the Common Causes of Dark Dry Skin?

By C. Daw
Updated May 21, 2024
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There are many different causes for dark dry skin, including basic skin problems to more serious medical conditions. The three main factors that can contribute to this type of condition are diseases and medical conditions, changes in the skin, and exposure to the sun. Even though all of these factors result in the same effect, which is darkened dry skin, the actual effects of them can be extremely different. The medical problems that can cause this change in skin pigment can be serious at times, so if numerous spots or sections of the skin begin to change color it is suggested that a licensed medical practitioner be consulted so some tests can be conducted.

The first factor that will cause a change in skin color is simply from having exposure to the sun. The rays from the sun cause the skin to change color in an effort to defend itself from ultraviolet rays. Extreme levels of sun exposure can cause more permanent damage to skin and may increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Basic changes to the skin can also be a cause for dark dry skin. As humans age, their bodies change, including how the pigments in the skin are produced. This can cause dark blotches all over the body and is no reason for concern because it is normal in most cases. However, changes in color can also occur due to poor skin health, as well as constant friction. These conditions can usually be reversed by taking better care of the skin and being more aware of what actions are taken during the day.

The final factors that can cause these problems are medically related. For instance, various skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis can cause dark dry skin. Dark dry circular spots, medically known as hyperpigmentation, can be caused by these medical conditions, as can white spots forming on people with darker skin. Inflammation and medications can also cause the same effects within the skin, so when a medical condition is the reason for the problem, a medical professional should be consulted in order to isolate the problem.

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Discussion Comments

By fBoyle — On Mar 18, 2013

@feruze-- Are you using sun protection cream? You need to use face creams and body lotions with sun protection (minimum SPF 30) year around. When you go to the beach, don't go outside between 11am and 3pm. This is when the sun's rays are most powerful and don't sit in the sun. It's possible to tan in the shade as well. If you go in the water, you need to re-apply sun protection cream afterward.

Also, I suggest using aloe vera gel and vitamin C cream as dry skin remedies. Aloe vera is very hydrating and healing for dry, sun-burned skin. Vitamin C helps fade dark spots and will help with your hyper-pigmentation.

By SarahGen — On Mar 17, 2013

Hormones can cause dark, dry skin patches as well.

I had chloasma when I was pregnant. These are brown patches that appear on the face due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. Thankfully, the patches disappeared on their own after I gave birth. Apparently, it usually does disappear but sometimes it can stay permanently. I've been lucky.

By bear78 — On Mar 17, 2013

Whenever I spend a summer at my grandparent's beach house, I return home with dry skin and hyper-pigmentation. I think sunlight is very bad for skin. It's been two months and my skin still isn't back to normal.

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