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Why do older people get dry skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Aging skin is prone to drying out because of the hormone fluctuations that occur as part of the aging process. Scientific evidence has shown that the production of our skin's own self moisturizing mechanism, natural moisturizing factor (NMF), declines as skin ages. NMF is one of the ways that skin holds onto moisture within the surface layer, so as it declines, less water is retained by the skin itself, leading to symptoms of dryness. Regular moisturization and washing with a nonsoap cleanser can help.

 

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