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How to Get Rid of Dry, Itchy Skin

October 17, 2017

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

As I sit scratching my leg, my other leg, my arm I know that there must be a problem. My nails have a pattern of bumps running up and down, and I'm so tired I just don't care. AH HA says I, I'm so used to being sick I don'y even recognize it for what it is. iron deficiency anemia. I check out all the signs . The problems just keep slowly ... slowly, getting worse and worse that it seems to be normal.

your nails

When you say that there are bumps on your nails, do you mean that the surface is pitted? This may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. You should see a doctor or health professional for a proper diagnosis.


My daughter had eczema when she was small and we used Mazon Soap & Mazon Cream and it cleared it up and has not had it again .


Also I go to health food stores for a lot of things I go to DeWalts Health food store they can help you with what to use .

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.


Cetaphil is a really good one. My Dermatologist recommend me to use that when I got poison ivy and I’ve used it ever since.

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.


The school has our young wrestlers shower with a dandruff shampoo containing selenium to clear up ringworm and to keep from passing it back and forth. I don't know if this will help or not, but worth a try.

Try a nice nightly soak in

Try a nice nightly soak in apple cider vinegar. It softens the skin and clears up many types of inflammation. I soak my feet in it and they feel much better.

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

The Editors's picture

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

The Editors's picture

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

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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.