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Dry Skin In Ears?

by | Nov 30, 2023 | Blog, Itchy, Rash


Dry Skin In Ear


Have you noticed dry skin in your ears? Wondering how best to treat it? This is a common problem for many of us at some time or another. There are many causes from too much cleaning to skin allergies. Fortunately, it’s rarely a serious problem, let’s take a look at the causes.


Skin diseases that cause Dry, flaky skin behind the ears

Firstly, the dry skin in your ears could be a skin disease. There are three common skin diseases that may be causing that dry flaky skin behind the ears.

  • Eczema: You might notice this in the ear canal and it can be extremely irritating. If you have this kind of dry skin in the ear, it is likely to affect the nose and scalp also.
  • Psoriasis: Different to eczema in that this is an autoimmune disorder that causes skin cells to grow faster than they are shed. From this you will see dry, scaly patches and underlying redness. It will usually affect the outer ear, scalp, and neck. Psoriasis can also make the skin itchy.
  • Dermatitis: This is inflammation of the skin. There are many forms of dermatitis and it can be the result of an allergic reaction to shampoos or skin-cleansing products. Unfortunately dermatitis can also occur without any known causes, such as in the form of dermatitis known as dandruff.

Consult an online dermatologist today and get an answer on your skin concern within hours.


Dry Cracked Skin Behind Ear Treatment

Fortunately, in most cases treating dry skin in the ears is easily done at home. First step is to stop the itching. This will help you reduce the dryness and improve moisture. To do this you can check on a few things:

Soaps and Shampoos

When was the last time you changed your soap or shampoo, was it recent? This is often the cause of dry skin in ears. Test a few different types and try to use soaps that are full of natural ingredients. Aloe vera is a good example!

Environmental Factors

There could be an even simpler cause for your dry skin around the ears. Have you been swimming in an indoor pool recently? Or even been out in the sun? The high chlorine of the pool and the sun can dry out your ears.


The most effective thing you can do to treat dry skin in ears is moisturize. There are many forms of mositurizers but as long as you find one that works for you then that is all that matters.

You should moisturize frequently to reduce the dryness, this will also alleviate itching which is integral to recovery.

There are 3 types of moisturizers for you to consider:

Ointments – These contain a mixture of water in an oil, like lanolin or petrolatum, and they provide the best layer of protection.

Creams – A cream also contains oil, but their main ingredient is usually water. They need to be applied more often than ointments. You can think of it as 50/50 water to cream.

Lotions – You’ll need to apply lotions frequently to relieve your symptoms. They feel cooler on the skin, but they’re mostly water mixed with powder crystals.

Consult an online dermatologist today and get an answer on your skin concern within hours.


Get Checked

If moisturizing and changing up your soap does not help we suggest speaking to our dermatologists. They can take a look and offer some professional advice. It is likely that your dryness can be treated over the counter and our dermatologists can help you with that.

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