Dry Skin

  1. This year I have been having a TERRIBLE problem with dry skin all over. I itch all day and it does not matter if I put lotion on or not. Does anyone have any recommendations such as a particular brand of lotion or soap you use to help with this problem?
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  3. by   Lisa CCU RN
    After you make sure you are not allergic to any of the washing powder or soaps you currently use, I'd suggest using a thick coating of vaseline at night. My daughter has itchy skin and it works great. I also use Ivory or Dove soap and let her sit in the bathroom, shut the door, and let the steam from a hot running shower fill the room and let that add moisture to her skin. Put lotion on before hand. It works for her and she'd scratch till she bled sometimes.
  4. by   Katnip
    Eucerin is good. So is Basis. Use their soaps and cleasners, too. I use the think cream Eucerin makes for my elbows and knees. It's really, really thick when it goes on but it helps a lot. As far as other lotions, I do ok with just about anything. Aveeno is nice.

    Don't soak yourself in hot water. Baths are bad for dry skin. But if you do take an occasional bath don't use really hot water and you might try adding oatmeal or use commercial oatmeal baths. The steaming thing sounds ok, and while you're still a bit damp, apply the moisturizer.
  5. by   rn in 3 years
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    After you make sure you are not allergic to any of the washing powder or soaps you currently use, I'd suggest using a thick coating of vaseline at night. My daughter has itchy skin and it works great. I also use Ivory or Dove soap and let her sit in the bathroom, shut the door, and let the steam from a hot running shower fill the room and let that add moisture to her skin. Put lotion on before hand. It works for her and she'd scratch till she bled sometimes.
    I scratch until I bleed too. Very frustrating. I use Dove soap too. I also use parafin wax (the warm kind you dip your hands into) and that help the hands so at least they aren't cracking anymore. I just wish I could dip my whole body in...LOL.

    Thanks Cyberkat. I will try the Eucerin you suggested. I am contemplating going and getting a massage just so I can have someone rub oil on teh itchy areas of my body I can't reach
  6. by   Katnip
    Quote from rn in 3 years
    I scratch until I bleed too. Very frustrating. I use Dove soap too. I also use parafin wax (the warm kind you dip your hands into) and that help the hands so at least they aren't cracking anymore. I just wish I could dip my whole body in...LOL.

    Thanks Cyberkat. I will try the Eucerin you suggested. I am contemplating going and getting a massage just so I can have someone rub oil on teh itchy areas of my body I can't reach
    Have you seen a dermatologist? There might be more going on than just dry skin.
  7. by   Fonenurse
    Quote from cyberkat
    Have you seen a dermatologist? There might be more going on than just dry skin.
    I agree 100% - get your blood checked - liver function tests etc and also ask for patch testing if you suspect it may be something you could be allergic to.

    As for creams - a simple moisturiser without perfume or alcohol is best, possibly with an antihistamine in it.. Good luck!
  8. by   TiffyRN
    I had a similar problem with the skin on my legs when I was a teen. My mom took me to a dermatologist and was prescribed a compounded product that was mostly Vaseline with a small amount of some steroid ointment (can't remember which one). I used this for years right after my shower to lock in the moisture. It was great and I had no problems when I used it. After about 10 years I had a period of time when I didn't have health insurance and had moved states so I didn't know a dermatologist. I switched at that time to plain Vaseline applied after every shower and it worked pretty well. Now I just use whatever lotion is around and that works fine.
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    The heat in your house may not be helping either. You could try purchasing a humidifier.


    I keep saying I'm going to. Actually, I've mentioned to my mom about one, maybe I should wait until after Christmas. :chuckle


    I put a small dab of vaseline on as well, when I know my legs will be showing.

    For my feet, I put vaseline on them before I go to bed, and then wear socks to bed. (Don't walk on the carpets w/o shoes on though!)


    For regular lotion, I use Gold Bond Body Lotion (medicated/moisturizing) Triple Action Relief.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Are you quite certain you don't have eczema?
  11. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from rn in 3 years
    This year I have been having a TERRIBLE problem with dry skin all over. I itch all day and it does not matter if I put lotion on or not. Does anyone have any recommendations such as a particular brand of lotion or soap you use to help with this problem?
    I was in my early 30's when I started having peri-menopausal changes.Try systemic hormones, adding soy to your diet, and antioxidant supplements like vitamin C and E. I also took almost tepid showers and only used soaps on my "special spots" I stopped using an electric blanket and bought a good down comforter.Sarna lotion was good -I also keep body oil in the shower and put that on before I dry off....I was having epsodes where I scratched my legs bloody..I don't have the problem any longer-I'm through peri-menpause now.....Good luck
  12. by   grimmy
    [font="book antiqua"]since i work in the or, washing hands takes on new meaning. plus, we're not allowed to use just any kind of moisturizer since several of the oils in most commercial moisturizers break down the sterile gloves we wear. so...i'll use the not-so-nice moisturizer the manufacturer of the gloves recommends. but, at night, i put solar oil on my nails and nail-beds at night. then i slather on the thickest, most emollient cream and put on clean, soft cotton garden gloves and sleep with them on. every morning, my hands feel like a baby's bottom. if my feet happen to get bad (and every other winter they do) i'll do the same with socks.
  13. by   rn in 3 years
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Are you quite certain you don't have eczema?
    I really do not think I do. Just terribly dry, itchy skin. I was actually wondering if maybe it could be some sort of an imbalance since it is so much worse this year, like maybe a vitamin deficiency.
  14. by   CuriousMe
    Have you had your TSH checked?

    I only ask because painfully dry skin, lethargy and a low body temp were what got me to the Doc when I found out I was hypothyroid.

    Just an idea. Hope you find a solution soon.

    Peace,
    Cathie

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