The pathophysiology of dry skin and implications for topical emollients

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While dry skin is a symptom of other conditions, it can also be a condition in its own right – management is simple once you understand the solution

Learning objectives

  • To understand the physiology of healthy skin
  • To describe the various functions and importance of skin
  • To elucidate the functions of different components of the epidermis
  • To explain the function of the different types of cells in the skin layers
  • To recognise the characteristics of dry skin
  • To outline the importance of moisture retention to maintain healthy skin
  • To recognise the necessary ingredients of a good emollient for managing dry skin
  • To evaluate the clinical evidence for the safety, efficacy and tolerability of dexpanthenol in managing dry skin.

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