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How to Get Rid of Dry, Itchy Skin


Are you plagued by dry, itchy skin? Here are some helpful dry skin remedies.

Winter’s low humidity and harsh conditions can do a number on your skin, leaving it flaky, itchy, and dry as an old bone. If you don’t want to look like a desert tortoise, take a few precautionary measures.

Dry Skin Remedies

  • As soon as you get out of the shower or tub, while your skin is still damp, slather on the moisturizing lotion.
  • Choose a lotion brand that has petroleum jelly or lanolin high on the ingredients list.
  • Don’t go outside in any season without using SPF of at least 15 on your face and hands.
  • Try adding lemon juice or vinegar to your bathwater. Soap, being highly alkaline, may make your skin feel itchy.
  • To soften dry skin, add 1 cup powdered milk to your bath. (It worked for Cleopatra, supposedly.)
  • Avoid steaming hot water or lengthy immersions, which will strip your skin of its natural oils.
  • Wash gently. Vigorous scrubbing can further irritate sensitive skin.
  • Forgo skin products that contain alcohol, which can exacerbate drying.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. –Samuel Ullman

Get more natural remedies for skin care, and find out how to use oatmeal to care for your skin. And in the cold of winter, find out how to protect your skin from frostbite.

Do you have any tips for dry skin care? Let us know in the comments!

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dry skin

The only thing that works these days is Amlactin Ultra Smoothing Creme. It's an alpha hydroxy skin therapy.

Dry skin winter remedy

I mix a small amount of castor oil with my body lotion. (I'm a fan of Gold Bond products)

Dry and itchy skin in winter

As soon as the weather starts to cool, I change my clothes detergent to one for sensitive skin. It has really helped with the itching. I use Cetaphil cream for the dry skin and that has really helped.

My skin is quite dry and

My skin is quite dry and especially so on my legs, being a woman of a certain age, and the Made from Earth Valencia Orange Lotion does the trick perfectly. Really like this skin cream! No horrible nasties in it. Smells beautifully of oranges .



I have what's called

I have what's called kiratosis Polaris and I can't get rid of the dry skin. Sensitive skin lotions make me break out worse and if I Dont scrub in the shower the ingrown hairs on my arms and legs get worse. Please help

I am also a fan of olive oil

I am also a fan of olive oil and coconut oil. Why buy expensive lotions with all the chemicals your skin can react to when pure unadulterated olive oil or coconut oil will do what you need and you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to keep it stocked in your home since a little goes a long way. Works for hair and scalp, body (especially those elbows and knees) and face.

I have very dry and sensitive

I have very dry and sensitive skin,
I have been using QV Skin lotion to get
rid of the itchiness in behind my back, but it does not help at all, what
cream or lotion can I use that is safe
from chemicals & perfumes on my skin.

Have you tried SR Lotion?

Have you tried SR Lotion? It's what my daughter in law gave me when my skin went extremely dry after visiting Canada at wintertime during our recent family vacation. It's an excellent moisturizer. She ordered it online thru srlotion.com. Until now, I am using SR lotion for my skin condition ( I have keratosis)

You might wanna try.

I have chronic dry skin and I

I have chronic dry skin and I almost gave up on every moisturizer in the market. It's annoying to see slow results. Both extreme cold weather condition and long exposure to the sun can cause severe dryness and flaking.

Luckily, I have tried SR Lotion which I found online. From then on, and it has gotten rid of that white skin flakes that embarrasses me every now and then.

I have what I what consider

I have what I what consider extreme ringworm. Been to dictor several times. Creams n prescription pills work but comes back after cpl months. Any old farmers remedies???

My advice is athletes foot

My advice is athletes foot cream or spray. I think the cream was better. Good luck!

Try apple cider vinegar on a

Try apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball, and put it on the ring with a bandaid, and leave overnight. It works like a charm for warts.

hi .. my problem is dry skin

hi ..
my problem is dry skin with hyper pigmentation spots can u help me to reduce my pigmentation spots by your opinion.. !

I have very bad eczema and a

I have very bad eczema and a lot of ingrown hairs and they never go away. What do I use??????????

Try aloe vera gel or

Try aloe vera gel or calendula lotion/cream. Or use coconut oil or a cococut oil lotion soap bar to help cool eczema itching and pain.

If you suffer from eczema,

If you suffer from eczema, stop consuming dairy products -particularly cow's milk. If you stick to a dairy free diet your eczema will go away. If it's hives, rather than eczema, it's likely a food allergy, probably wheat and barley. I promise you, I know what I'm talking about. Every case of eczema I've every seen was cured by religiously avoiding dairy. That includes chocolate. Good luck!

My hands, and legs...they are

My hands, and legs...they are very dry and it drives me nuts, its like playing a guitar on all materials iI touch. and itchy body after shower. Help...I scratch them until it bleeds, i dont even shower in hot water, I take the coldest I can stand.

Have you tried any of the

Have you tried any of the suggestions on this page? Having several humidifiers throughout your home should also help with dry, itchy skin.

What are some natural

What are some natural remedies for eczema? My daughter has terrible breakouts__broken skin. Help!

Hi Ann, Try aloe vera gel or

Hi Ann,
Try aloe vera gel or calendula lotion/cream. Or use coconut oil or a cococut oil lotion soap bar to help cool eczema itching and pain.

Hi how do I find a cure for

Hi how do I find a cure for sugar cravings I find that natural sugars apart from cane sugar and beet sugar are not palatable and does not satisfy cravings I have tried palm sugar o.k I always crave something sweet after meals and am not happy till I have had what my body tells me I need like chocolate or cake or lollies. I"m not fat and I wish I could go into a shop and not have to buy sweets.

To get rid of sugar cravings,

To get rid of sugar cravings, clean out your gut. It sounds odd, but it's true. If you have too much bad bacteria in your gut, (you don't have to be fat to have bad bacteria build-up) in the form of candida yeast, your brain CAN be influenced by the bad bacteria needing more sugar to survive....result=cravings. Not all cravings are from bad bacteria,but the majority are, and I'd recommend you google "candida yeast" bacteria to get more info on how to detox your system. Also, when you have a craving, reach for dark chocolate (the darker the better) or fruit juice sweetened products. The more natural alternatives still have sugar in them, but not corn syrup, which is the worst kind of sugar for the body.

Hi Jenny I beat sugar

Hi Jenny

I beat sugar cravings by having a pot of honey handy. When I got the urge for something sweet I ate a teaspoon of honey. Now I get no cravings at all. I havn't bought chocolate or sweets in months.
All the best!

I use to crave chocolate like

I use to crave chocolate like crazy but I agree all it takes is a teaspoon or a half of teaspoon to kill the sweet crave. I've lost over 35 poundx starting from after thxsgiving last year til now and still going strong.keep a lot of pineapples mangos grapes oranges and nuts around at all times

I normally get very bad dry

I normally get very bad dry skin in the winter. But I have also get dry and ashy skin right after I take a shower. I tried many different products but they don't seem to work. But I found something that works and works great. They are bath bombs. I was made aware of them from a friend. I now buy them exclusively. There is a company that I tried and seem to be loaded with oils and butters. They are called Simplyorganico.com they also sell soap that do not contain any chemicals. Which are also great for the Skin. Try it you will feel the difference. Simplyorganico.com

2 days ago my legs and feet

2 days ago my legs and feet started itching so bad that I'm not getting any sleep... I also don't have a breakout witch is a bit weird.... I've tried everything from moisterizer to bathsalts... I realy have no idea what to do anymore and I'm getting to the point of wanting to rip my skin of my body.... Please help.

Try soaking in a warm (not

Try soaking in a warm (not hot) oatmeal bath for at least 10 minutes. Oats act as an anti-inflammatory and soothe the itch. Add about 1 cup of finely ground oatmeal to your bath. If the itching persists, it may be time to see your doctor. The cause could be internal, rather than external.

you may have something called

you may have something called scabies. Its easy to remendy use lice product and they go
tiny mites and easy to transmit. Maybe in the movie
theater or in a public place you don't know or a dear friend

Try asking your doctor to

Try asking your doctor to treat you for a skin parsite, that is what I did and it work but I've never figured out where the bug came from.

Try Zinc Oxide! It's magic.

Try Zinc Oxide! It's magic. It heals almost any skin condition you put it on and it's gentle. If the skin is broken it won't sting.

I hope you get better!

Stuff like vaseline and baby

Stuff like vaseline and baby oil seal in moisture, but don't allow the skin to breathe. I've always used olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil for my skin and face, which were all nice, but then my husband surprised me and gave me a full body massage with this product he bought online called Yume Blush. It is made completely from plants and fruits. I've never used anything like it. I love it because it has made my body so ridiculously soft, and I can use it everywhere. Plus, it's edible and tastes better than candy! Really enjoyed your article, made my husband give me a milk bath..lol

What about baby oil? Would

What about baby oil? Would it help? Why or why not?

What about baby oil? Would

What about baby oil? Would it help? Why or why not?

My favorite remedy is using

My favorite remedy is using raw cold pressed (unprocessed) coconut oil. In warm temps, it's liquified. In cool temps, it's hard. I rub it in my hands and spread it on my face, hair and all the rest of me. I love coconut oil for it's wonderful versatility. It's wonderful for cooking. Tastes great, smells heavenly and feels so so good on the skin.

Will it help shaving the

Will it help shaving the legs? Today, is the 1st time ever of using coconut oil but on the jar it says to aplly to hair and skin and remove in an hour---is that totally necessary? I have a real BAD problem with sking being way too dry and ingrown hairs all over my legs. Thank You

i use coconut oil when i

i use coconut oil when i shave my legs. i wet my legs, apply the oil liberally and then apply hair conditioner right before i shave and then after shaving rinse off and apply another layer of coconut oil. i haven't had any ingrown hairs or bumps since. and it leaves legs super smooth and soft.

hi, you are absolutely

you are absolutely right..i use coconut oil for my skincare too ...it also helps in eczema conditions..its excellent as a hair mask .

My favorite moisturizer taken

My favorite moisturizer taken from living with Italian neighbors, is good old fashioned olive oil. Their secret to beautiful complexions comes from that tiny little fruit. I even use it on my face. A little goes a long way. In the long run it is a lot cheaper then all those chemical and petroleum based products. I put some on a cotton square and remove my make-up with it as well.

I make a scrub of sugar and

I make a scrub of sugar and olive oil for my extremely dry skin. It feels wonderful! There are no exact measurements. About a cup of each in a coffee mug, heat it up for a few seconds, works great. Be sure to scrub out the tub immediately after because it's slippery ;0)

I understand the resistance

I understand the resistance some people have to using petroleum on their skin but the truth is that plain old Vaseline is quite moisturizing--my oldest friend with the most beautiful skin uses a dab of Vaseline with the same amount of olive oil mixed in the palm of her hand for face cream! She wouldn't dream of leaving the house in winter without a protective layer of Vaseline on her face! Gorgeous skin! Some of the softest hands I know are hands that are in some form of motor or engine oil for work--I can't imagine it's healthy, but it moisturizes for sure!

PLEASE NOTE.....this article

PLEASE NOTE.....this article says to avoid products containing alcohol. Do the research - most products for moisturizing that contain alcohol...it is not drying as believed. There are many forms of alcohol, most of which are made from plants and are very moisturizing. Please know what types are drying and which are not. Stearyl alcohol for instance is a fatty alcohol which is moisturizing and not drying. Isopropyl alcohol is drying because it is a solvent. I have never seen this listed as an ingredient in anything other than some cheap hairsprays.

Petroleum (petrolatum) on the

Petroleum (petrolatum) on the other hand robs your skin of moisture. It is common sense. Would you soak your hands in gasoline to moisturize them??? I think not! Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil wells

Not only sensitive skin

Not only sensitive skin benefits from this; Pick up a variety of home crafted natural soaps that don't use synthetic ingredients (including colour or fragrance). Most store-bought products of every kind (even food) are made from, or include, petro-chemical by-products. Avoid things that list 'fragrance'. A dangerous chemical reaction in synthetic ingredients can create 'Phthales' and they aren't required to list it. -Yipes! Look that up.

I use light vegetable oil on fingertips to remove stubborn makeup (remove contacts first), and tissue off the excess oil, (without rubbing); then wash with a nice warm facecloth. A scant lather of natural soap may be needed to remove heavier oils around eyes.

Natural oil soaps are lovely and gentle on skin and last a LONG time when not left in water. I have found that avoiding products with petro-chemical ingredients has solved a few problems I had experienced for years!

I've found a natural skin cream that contains Beeswax, Sweet Almond oil, Witch hazel, Vitamin E, and a little Lavender oil. I also apply Sweet Almond oil directly to my skin as a moisturizer. It's very light and goes a long way. I have to share this food-grade oil with friends. Visit the folks at your local farmer's markets. You just might meet a neighbour or 2 with a table of goods you love! Amazingly(?), natural solutions usually solve the problem better, and at a lower cost than synthetics. :)

Can we have the name of that

Can we have the name of that skin cream? Thanks