What Causes Dry Skin Patches and What Are the Most Affected Areas?

Do you have dry patches on your skin? This is not strange, especially because the skin is the biggest organ in the human body, and the most exposed to factors like weather and sun.

Certain areas of the human body are more prone to dryness and cracking. The issue is so common, that nearly every person will have dry skin at least once in their life.

The good news is that, in the majority of cases, dry skin patches are not an indicator of a condition. Let’s have a look at what they are and why we have them.

What Are Dry Skin Patches?

Dry skin patches are a common problem that affects us all, especially in cold and dry seasons.

There is no specific area where these patches appear, we can actually have them from the scalp to the feet soles. However, there are certain areas that are more prone to dryness.

When our skin is dry, it:

  • feels more tight
  • appears as more rough
  • gradually becomes more dry
  • becomes itchy and flaky
  • may shrink and eventually crack
  • has skin fissures

Most Commonly Affected Areas

Many body parts can be affected by dry skin patches. Let’s have a look at the most common places where patches of dry skin can be found.

Dry Skin Patches on Hands

Dry skin patches on handsThe most common cause of dry skin on our hands is frequent washing and/or usage of bad soaps.

The cracks and patches are most commonly found around the knuckles.

Why? Because the skin around the knuckles is more tight, which makes it easier to crack.

Dry Skin Patches on Face

Generally, we can divide dry patches on the face into 4 groups:

  • Dry skin around the eyes and the eyebrows: the skin surrounding our eyes is prone to getting dry because it is extremely sensitive. You are more prone to having dry skin in this particular area if you rub it aggressively.

Rubbing the eyes can be a habit. When I read about this, I actually noticed that I constantly rub my eyes when I feel tired.

If you are experiencing the same problem, try pressing the palms in the eyes. It has the same effect as rubbing them, but does not cause dry skin patches.

When it comes to the eyebrows, the most common reason why you get dry skin is makeup. Perhaps you have noticed how the area starts itching a while after you put on some make up.

Try to replace your makeup with a hypoallergenic one, and with more moisture.

  • Dry skin around the mouth: dehydration, lip plumpers and lips licking can cause dry patches around your mouth.Dry skin patches on cheeks
  • Dry skin around the cheeks: cheeks are also prone to drying because they are exposed to the environmental changes. Things that cause dry skin patches around the cheeks include changes in temperature, sun exposure and windburn.
  • Dry skin around the nose: the nose has its own way of fighting dryness because of the sebum it produces. However, this does not really save it from the dry skin patches.

You are probably having dry skin around and on the nose because of the weather. If the weather is cold or hot, you are more likely to notice skin cracks and patches.

A humidifier at your home can really help in keeping your nose moisturized.

Dry Skin Patches on Feet

Dry skin patches on feetThe feet skin often becomes dry, especially around the heel area where it frequently cracks.

In some cases, this can even become painful.

The stress on your feet caused by movement can increase when the skin is dry. In order for the skin to endure the pressure, it has to be thicker on the heel area.

Dry Skin Patches on the Neck

Many environmental factors including sun exposure, psoriasis and the usage of harsh products can cause the skin on your neck to dry.

Dry skin patches on neckAdditionally, improper skin care on your neck may also result in creation of patches of dry skin, accompanied by itchiness and cracking.

The skin around the neck often gets dry because of too much bathing or showering. I am not saying that you should not shower, but try to reduce the showering time to no more than 15 minutes. Also, avoid using hot water.


As you just learned, there are many reasons why the skin can become dry and begin to crack.

If this is a result of everyday activities, improper skin care or exposure to harmful factors, dry skin patches are easily solvable with some effective natural dry skin remedies.


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