(Closed) Extremely dry skin – Please help :-)

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Its funny you should ask this; I actually saw a dermatologist today.  I mentioned to him that I had really dry skin, and was at a loss for what to do.  I’d been using the Aveeno oatmeal lotion on my hands, and it seemed to be helping, but he actually said to stop using the lotion and to start using cream. (said lotions come in pump bottles and creams come in jars).  And specifically hand cream for hands.

I haven’t really started this yet, but hopefully it makes a difference!

Post # 4
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@noritake22: Try pure vitamin E. They use that for 3rd degree burns, and should work for your extreme dryness

I think also that you may want to consult a derm or doctor for your skin condition. It sounds to me it might be a specific skin condition if it is spreading to your extremedies.

I hope it gets better dear!

Post # 6
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have eczema, and it loves to flare up in the winter, on my arms and shoulders especially. One thing I do is *pat* dry out of the shower, leaving my skin moist/damp. Then I use baby oil (not the gel, the messy oil) and rub it in to help seal moisture in. This has definitely helped my skin a lot.

On less inflamed days, getting out and patting dry and applying some hemp lotion (the cheap walmart brand) really helps to lock in moisture. Try patting/blotting instead of rubbing dry, and applying lotion immediately after bathing and before bed as well. Another thing that rocked my world was getting some humidifiers for my house, the dry air does not help my skin at all but keeping a normal/higher humidity in my house helps keep the air from pulling out my moisture. I hope your skin clears up, I understand how frustrating it can be!

Post # 7
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We also just talked to the doctor about this, the FH thought it was a rash and it was dry skin.  He said, warm (not hat) baths and showers, aveeno oatmeal baths, and gold bond healing lotion.

Post # 8
3 posts

Well i think you should use a good quality moisturizer, if it don’t help then u have to go to doctor

Post # 9
256 posts
Helper bee

i have eczema so i’ve had this problem all my life, my solution? parafin oil or parafin gel, us it while in the shower, or right after you get out, dont shower in water thats too hot because it can tighten the skin…also i wouldnt use the oil/gel in the morning because it can be kind of icky, so i just went for a shower at night before i went to bed. As for moisturiser i use eucerin, its the best… really thick and creamy, everything else just makes no impact on my skin whatsoever, and im allergic to alot of stuff in moist creams, amnt i lucky?;)

my main bit of advice? moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!!!!

like at every opportunity you get until things start to improve, when mine gets particularly bad i moisturise up to 5times a day until i see an improvement and then cut bad to my regular 2times a day:)

hope this helps:)

Post # 11
256 posts
Helper bee


one other thing… im not sure if you swim or not but the chlorine in the water dries my skin out so much, its horrible! so if you do try rub on some barrier cream before you get in the water:)

Post # 12
123 posts
Blushing bee

My best friend’s mother is a nurse and she recommends Aquaphor. It’s bit on the thicker side, but it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin nourished. I recommend exfoliating too because the new layer of skin can help absorb the moisture from your cream. 

Post # 13
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Cetaphil cream has changed my life, and can’t say enough good things about it.

But, I would consider a trip to the dermatolgist.  If it’s ecezma, a few days of steroid cream should clear the sores up (you could also do a self trial of three days of 1% hydrocortisone cream if you don’t want to mess with the dermatologist).

Minimize hot water.  Try showering less often and in cooler water.  Slather yourself with whatever cream you use after the shower, and if you can just let it sit on your skin for a while before you get dressed (if you can shower at night slather yourself, put on an old tshirt, and sleep covered in cream all the better).


Seriously though, I’d suggest a trip to the derm or at least a trusted PCP.

Post # 14
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you want something cheap try vaseline for men. They make one for women too but for some reason the one for men works better…it’s a lotion…as long as you dont mind smelling a little like a guy. LOL I smear it all over me at night so it doesnt really matter but it helps SO SO much!!!

Post # 15
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I know it sounds weird but I slather Vaseline at night on really dry patches (like my nose and cheeks)

It works for me!

Ive also used vitamin A and D ointment (diaper rash stuff) and it works really well.

Post # 16
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have extrememly dry skin and eczema as well.  I get those stupid little dry patches you are talking about all the time, even on my face!  My dermetologist recommended Vanicream and I have been using it for about 4 months now and my skin is soo much better.  I use after the shower in the morning and before bed but it is most important to moisturize within 5 minutes of getting out the shower.  Throughout the day i use Aveeno on my hands after everytime I wash.  The Vanicream is kind of thick but when you are dry you can raelly feel it being soaked into the skin. 

Good luck!

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