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What is xerosis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Xerosis is a dry skin condition caused by a decrease in the water level in the stratum corneum, or the outermost layer of skin. Since that outer layer depends on a specific, minimum level of moisture to keep it functioning properly, a decrease in this water content can lead to flaking, scaly, dry skin that is rough to the touch.

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