Why Is My Skin So Dry In Quarantine? A Dermatologist Explains
Your dating life may not be the only thing drying up as we all stay inside to #flattenthecurve. Cue a whole lotta dry skin. In an unofficial poll of my group of galpals, I found a little bit of solace knowing that excessively dry—and sometimes flaky(!)—skin is something a lot are experiencing in quarantine (in addition to perhaps one too many Zoom happy hours).
“Skin is getting dry for a few reasons. When you are inside all day and the heat is on, the humidity in the air diminishes and that translates into less moisturizer for your skin,” says Nava Greenfield, MD, a New York dermatologist and advisor for Belli Skincare.
Dr. Greenfield explains that, usually, going outside and experiencing a change in climate typically helps with stimulating oil glands to produce more moisture, but that’s not something many of us can do at the moment. Pair that with an influx of showering and constant hand-washing, and we’re now stripping away the skin’s natural oils as well as any moisturizer that was applied earlier on in the day.
Source: Women’s Health – Why Is My Skin So Dry In Quarantine? A Dermatologist Explains By, Emily Abbate