Dry skin is a very common problem for many women at midlife and beyond, and most women will suffer from dry skin at some point. Others may have a chronic or hereditary condition that causes dry skin, such as eczema, psoriasis, or contact dermatitis. Whatever the cause of your dry skin, there are many steps you can take to help yourself feel better.
Eczema, also called dermatitis, refers to a cluster of skin conditions that have varying symptoms, the most common of which is dry skin. Normal skin produces oils that create a barrier to prevent water loss and stop irritants from penetrating the skin. If you have eczema, your skin does not do this as effectively.
The skin is extremely sensitive to our emotions due to its close connections to the nervous system. As an embryo, the skin develops from the neuroectoderm, which also forms into the brain and nerve tissue. In other words, your skin is your external nervous system.