Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

What’s Causing Your Dry Skin?

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We can’t always blame it on the weather. While it is definitely valid that cold, dry air in the winter contributes to a drier than normal complexion, there may be more factors to consider. Determining what is causing your dry skin as well as distinguishing the type of dry skin you have can significantly improve your chances of a more nourished look.

Dry skin is not only less attractive, but it can also be quite uncomfortable. Most people with dry skin experience itchiness, tightness, flaking, inflammation and/or cracking. These symptoms are better explained by taking a closer look at the make up of our skin. A mix of mostly sebum and sweat protects the top layer of the skin, or stratum corneum. Dry or dehydrated skin occurs when the top layer gets damaged and moisture escapes.

When you see a dermatologist for dry skin, the first step will likely be to determine if you have dry skin or dehydrated skin. While they may seem to be the same thing, the difference can control your treatment plan.

  • Dry skin is a skin type that refers to a lack of oil in the skin. It is commonly a result of genetics, underactive thyroid, a hormonal imbalance, etc.
  • Dehydrated skin, however, is actually a skin condition that refers to a lack of moisture in the top layer of the skin. This one you can blame on the winter weather. Dehydrated skin is temporary and easily treated. It is caused by external elements.

There are several factors that cause dry or dehydrated skin. The three most common reasons are aging, environmental elements and lifestyle. It is important to note that our body’s natural ability to hydrate the skin decreases as we age, which is out of our control. However, there are certain lifestyle factors that can leave your skin extra dry. Alcoholic beverages, certain medications as well as “fat-free” diets may be what you need to limit for a moistened complexion.

When suffering from either dry or dehydrated skin, address your concerns with a board certified dermatologist. There are countless moisturizing lotions and creams to choose from and many skin products can make your condition worse if you are not careful. Whether it is a temporary discomfort or lifelong battle, Olansky Dermatology Associates can treat your dry skin.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

3379 Peachtree Rd, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 355-5484

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.