Dry skin makes the skin look and feel rough, itchy, flaky or scaly. The location where these dry patches form vary from person to person.

Who Gets Dry Skin?

It's a common condition that affects people of all ages, races and skin colours.

Causes of Dry SKin

Dry skin is due to water loss from the outer layer of skin. It might be caused by:
HEAT: Central heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity.
ENVIRONMENT: Living in cold, windy conditions or low-humidity climates.
TOO MUCH BATHING OR SCRUBBING: Taking long, hot showers or baths or scrubbing your skin too much can dry your skin.
Bathing more than once a day can remove the natural oils from your skin too.
HARSH SOAPS AND DETERGENTS: Many popular soaps, detergents and shampoos strip moisture from your skin because they are formulated to remove oil.
OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS: People with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis are more likely to have dry skin.
MEDICAL TREATMENTS: Some people develop dry, thick skin after undergoing treatment for cancer, receiving dialysis or taking certain medications.
AGING: As people age, the skin thins and produces less of the oils needed for the skin to retain water.



Between 20% and 80% of people have some kind of food allergy.
Some of the most common food allergens include: Dairy products; Peanuts; Eggs: Soy; Wheat; Seafood; Shellfish. If you suspect a food allergy, a food allergy test can confirm this. An elimination diet can work by gradually cutting out foods you suspect of causing symptoms. If an eliminated food doesnt affect symptoms the it can be added back into your diet and another food eliminated.

Fish- salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines
Nuts and Seeds: Flax, chia, walnuts
Fruits: Strawberries, Blueberries, Oranges
Vegetables: Broccoli, spinach, kale, cauliflower
Other: Mushrooms, yoghurt, oats, egg yolks,


Hemp oil is highly recommended as hemp actually contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids - making it a more complete profile than fish oil. Essential fatty acids are nutrients not made by the body and must be obtained from certain foods such as oily fish, flax, pumpkin and hemp seeds. Hemp oil is also pleasant-tasting and can be used in a salad dressing. You can even cook with it!

Alternative Therapies

Has a long and very good track record in treating skin diseases such as dry skin. The advantage of using homeopathy is that a holistic view of the patient is taken which can get to the root of the cause of the problem; and the remedies, being highly diluted, have no side effects.

Herbal Medicine
Studies show that Chinese Herbs can help patients with dry skin, using internal medicine and topical creams.

It is always beneficial to seek help from a qualified professional who can individualise treatement. And seek advice from your medical practitioner before discontinuing standard medication.
You can find a qualified homeopath here: https://homeopathy-soh.org/find-a-homeopath/
You can find more information about homeopathy and Jonathan Stallick RSHom here: www.JonathanStallick.com