Dry skin is sensitive, rough, tight, itchy and has a tendency towards reddening and flaking. It needs a great deal of moisturizing, but also requires the external application of oils. When it is particularly stressed this type of skin can become irritated. Such irritation can be prevented by the use of medicinal skin care products. This skin type requires gentle cleansing and regular, careful skin treatment to compensate for the loss of natural oils and moisture.