Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Are My Skin and Hair Always Dry?

By    |   Friday, 06 September 2013 10:08 AM

 Question: For years I have suffered from severe dry skin and hair. Are these two things related? What can I do about them?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Dry skin and dry hair are not usually related to a single condition. While hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is associated with both of these conditions, it is not nearly as common as excema and dyshydrosis from harsh soaps and hard water. Contact irritation can also be caused by various soaps, hair coloring and perm agents, shampoos, and perfumes that we commonly use.
I would recommend a physical evaluation by your doctor to check for potential underlying medical conditions. Your skin is an organ and a superb reflection of your general health. Scalp disorders may be associated with infections from superficial skin fungal overgrowth, the same way excemas and dermatitis can be associated with bacterial, viral or fungal infections.
Identifying the cause of your dry skin and hair will lead to appropriate treatment. If your doctor is unsure, ask for a referral to a dermatologist.

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Dry skin and dry hair are not usually related to a single condition, but should be evaluated by a doctor.
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