Aside from the face, dry skin is most common on the lower legs, arms, sides of the abdomen, thighs and feet. Associated problems include scaling, itching and cracking. For most sufferers, it is usually more of a problem in winter but over-bathing and using harsh soaps can be contributory factors at any time of the year. Skin that loses moisture may crack and peel and become irritated and inflamed. One of the biggest causal factors of dry skin on both the face and body is a lack of essential fatty acids in the diet.