Dry skin is often a sign of an Essential Fatty Acid deficiency. Other external signs of essential fatty acid deficiency include dry mucous membranes (such as inside the nose), dry hair or hair loss and nail problems.
We need a good balance of the omega-3 to omega-6 oils and unfortunately our modern processed diet does not provide this. Cheap, vegetable based oils are abundant in processed foods such as packaged foods and bakery products. Get into the habit of reading product labels and avoid the foods that contain sunflower oil, corn oil, soy bean oil and cotton seed oil as these are particularly high in omega-6. Omega-6 oils are pro-inflammatory – in other words that increase inflammation in the body.