Facial skin is sensitive and one of the first victim who gets affected either due to environmental change or any other medical condition.

In medical terms, dry skin is known as xerosis, which results mostly because of environmental factors. The other one being an inherited diseases known as ichthyoses, though being rare, results in the excessive dry skin.

Symptoms Are Seen In The Dry Skin

Symptoms of dry patch face
Symptoms of dry patch face

a. Flaking

When the natural oil of our skin dries out, it begins to peel away, usually in small, thin, slivers known as flakes.

b. Itching

When the skin gets excessively dry, it tendsSri feels quite tight and thus become entirely itchy and not accompanied by the rash.

c. Scaling

When natural oils and hydration level is decreased by some amount, the natural glow of our skin get low and start appearing dull showcasing one if the symptoms of dry patchy skin.

d. Redness

Whenever our skin starts feeling irritated either due to some chemical reactions or sunburn or even excessive dryness, Elektra blood dishes towards the skin surface to fight if the irritants and also providing healing thus resulting in redness

e. Cracks

When the skin becomes too much dry, it tends to form fine visible lines which seem to look like cracks which might form to deep cracks and start bleeding if too much dryness is experienced

Reasons Of Dry Patchy Skin

1. Winters/Cool Weather

When the temperature goes down, so do the humidity level. Cold air has very low humidity as compared to warm or hot wind. Cold wind could be intensely drying which tends to leave your skin all parched and patched. It strips your skin of its natural lipids.

2. Steamy Shower

A long day at work, and what we crave for at the end of the day is the long, hot, steamy shower. Though it takes all your stress away additionally it maintained away your natural oil. Excessive utilization of hot water for bathing is highly prescribed.

3. Dandruff

This common chronic scalp condition of flaking of skin is not only problematic for hairs but the facial skin too. Once dandruff in your head increases too much, it tends to shed off and come on your facial skin which tends to intensify the dry patchy formation in the skin.

4. Dehydration

70% of our body is made up of water, and thus it requires the continuous supply of water for managing that level of water content. Less intake of water could lead to dehydration and prolong delay could lead to the result of your peacemaking it all patchy and dry.

5. Medical Condition

There are loads of medical condition which could lead to dry skin like diabetes, xeroderma, hypothyroidism, ichthyoses, eczema, etc. For these conditions, it strongly recommended consulting a dermatologist for proper treatment.

As you are acquainted with the reasons of dry skin lets go easy home remedies which are effective and easy in the pocket.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dry Patchy Face Fast

1. Milk

Milk for skin
Milk for skin

Milk as anti-inflammatory property and some amount of lactic acid. They both are very beneficial for the skin. It helps in reducing the itch-scratch cycle and thus proves soothing for the skin.

  • You have to take fresh cold milk.
  • Dip a cloth, let it absorb the milk, and then apply it on your face especially on the patchy area
  • Leave it there for 5mins to show some effect.

2. Cleansers

Sometimes after washing the face with facial soaps and cleansers, our skin feels quite tight and dry as they’re comparatively harsh for the sensitive skin. Avoiding those anti-bacterial, fragrance-free cleansers prove to be most effective for the sensitive facial skin.

3. Moisturize

Using moisturizer
Using moisturizer

The main work of moisturizers is to lock down the moisture of the skin so that it doesn’t evaporate and turn out to be dry.

The best time of all to moisturize your face is when you are just out of bath or shower cause your skin is corpulent at that time and the key function of the moisturizing lotions is to lock down the moisture.

4.  Use Cool Over Hot Water

Cool water for washing face
Cool water for washing face

Always opt for slightly cold water over the hot water for washing your face. If you wash your face with hot water, it takes away the natural oils from skin and results in the dry facial skin.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera for skin
Aloe vera for skin

That appropriate amount of moisture which our skin craves for, especially in these dry, cold winter months, Aloe vera is the perfect supply of it.

  • You have to first cut off one leaf of aloe Vera from the base if e stem.
  • Scoop out the gel which is present in the plant, which is then to be applied to the dry, patchy skin.
  • Let the gel stay on your face until it fades completely and repeat it several times a day
  • In place of gel from the actual plant, packed aloe Vera gels could also be used as per convenience.

6. Olive Oil

Olive oil
Olive oil

Application of this oil for the dry patchy skin is one of the effective methods for curing this state. The oil should not be heated before application as it may damage the nutrients of the oil which are essential for the skin.

Olive oil takes more time to get absorbed By the skin then normal lotions and moisturizers as it is comparatively greased, but is much more effective.

Adding some cornstarch could also prove beneficial as it gives spreadable paste for application.

7. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly

One of the best answer simple answers for the cure of dry skin is petroleum jelly. Before going to bed, apply a generous amount of jelly for overnight action.

For immediate action, apply it on your face and leave it for 10mins. Then clean it with cleansing milk so that your face doesn’t appear greasy.

8. Mashed Avocados


Avocados is fruit rich in vitamin A and D which is required for protecting the skin from damage and turning dry. Direct application on face shows quick result

  • Mash some avocados and apply it on your face
  • Let it be there for 10 to 20 mins
  • Wash it with lukewarm water

After the wash you are left with hydrated and moisturized skin for the day

9. Cucumber

Cucumbers for skin
Cucumbers for skin

Cucumber has a large number of antioxidants and silica, is a mild astringent, contains a lot of water and as anti-inflammatory action.

  • Cut a cucumber and take out its juice
  • Mix it with some amount of lemon on juice
  • Apply it on your face and let it be there until dry
  • Remove it by gently tapping your face with a wet towel.

10. Honey With Egg Yolk

Honey and egg always do wonders for the skin. They could be applied for any skin type as it could be retained by any skin. It.makes your skin both hydrated and soft

  • Make a mixture of half a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of egg yolk and milk powder.
  • Apply it on your face and leave it there for 20mins
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water

11. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil
Coconut oil

They have saturated fat made up of the medium chain of fatty acids. It helps in creating the moisture content and eliminates the loss through the pores.

All you have to do is apply the oil in the affected area and let it dry. You can apply it throughout the day as per the requirement.

12. Chocolate Mask

Instead of eating, try to apply it on your face as mask as it has potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties

  • You have to make a paste with the help of some dark chocolate and honey and mix it thoroughly
  • Apply this paste to your dry patchy skin
  • Leave it there for 20 to 30 mins
  • Rinse it then with lukewarm water.

13. Gram Flour Pack

Gram flour
Gram flour

Besan or gram flour is one of the main ingredients not only for making mouth smacking dishes but also for skin care. It has Minecraft which helps in keeping the skin hydrated.

  • Make a mixture of gram flour with milk and lime juice
  • Apply it on your face and let it be there until dry
  • Wash it with lukewarm water

14. Avoid Those Fragments Soaps

Sometimes after washing the face with facial soaps and cleansers, our skin feels quite tight and dry as they’re comparatively harsh for the sensitive skin. Avoiding those anti-bacterial, fragrance-free cleansers prove to be most effective for the delicate facial skin

15. Gentle Pats, Not Rub

Never rub your face with those hard bumpy cotton towels as they can act as exfoliating material and can rub your skin get rashed and tends to give you patch. So it is advisable to gently pat your face with clean, soft cloth so that it absorbs the water and Do not harm your face

16. More Water Drier

A simple rule in science could be quickly taken as a patch prevention method for skin care. More the water more is the evaporation, hence more you damp your face for moisturizing, more dryer your skin will become.

Hence it is always advised to dry your face thoroughly and then cleanse it and moisturize it properly.

17. Indoor Humidifier

If you are living in a dry climate zone, where humidity level tends to decrease in a noticeable amount, it is advised to install an indoor humidifier so that the humidity level is maintained and your skin feels hydrated, and natural oil and sebum is retained.

18. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter
Peanut butter

Application of peanut butter will moist the dry patches of face skin like on chin, nose or mouth for a long time.Peanut butter works on dry skin areas and patches.

19. Milk Cream

Make a paste by mixing malai, the pinch of turmeric and few drops of olive oil. Apply this paste to your face and leave it for 15 mins and then wash it.

Some Do’s And Don’ts

  • Add vitamin-rich diet especially vitamin A, B, and E as deficiency of this can lead to dry skin.
  • Excessive intake of high content caffeine product and alcohol should be strictly avoided as it might worsen the condition
  • Intake of dry fruits daily tends to solve the problem of excessively dry skin problems.
  • Avoid washing your dry skin with hot or soapy water. It is better to use lukewarm water.
  • Don’t stress as it causes an increase in cortisol, which can affect blood flow to the skin and skin repair and thus make it dull and dry
  • Intake more water, an excess of water never backfires anyone.

When To See A Doctor?

When all these home remedies don’t work wonders, and you still have persistent dry, itchy skin, followed by excessive crack and bleeding, it is time to schedule an appointment.

This could either be because of hormonal changes especially at the time of pregnancy or other medical conditions like diabetes or hypothyroidism.

If you see that thus persistent akin dryness is changed into the rash which might be spreading to other body parts, it is a warning of some serious disease and requires doctor’s attention.

Dr. Sania Siddiqui is a Unani medicine expert, who has completed her Bachelors in Unani Medicine & Surgery from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi.She is an experienced Medical Content Writer and has been writing in the online space for the past 7 years. Her areas of expertise range from skin & hair care, women’s health, diet & nutrition, pregnancy, parenting, lifestyle and fitness.