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Dry skin: Signs and symptoms


The signs (what you see) and symptoms (what you feel) of dry skin are:

  • Rough, scaly, or flaking skin

  • Itching

  • Gray, ashy skin in people with dark skin

  • Cracks in the skin, which may bleed if severe

  • Chapped or cracked lips

When dry skin cracks, germs can get in through the skin. Once inside, germs can cause an infection. Red, sore spots on the skin may be an early sign of an infection.

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