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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 Cream

A friend gave me some coconut oil. It is in a solid form. I take some and soften it in my hands, then apply when I get out of the shower. I don't like the smell of coconut, but it dissipates shortly after applied.

Shae butter and Argon oil

This fall has been pretty dry, so my skin has been itchy. I've been using shea butter and argan oil after shower. It really helps. I put it on my hands after each time I wash, helps keep them smooth and not itchy.

dry skin

best reliever of dry skin? SHORTENING. plain white SHORTENING.

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.

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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.


DON’T use cetaphil! Read the ingredients. Never, never use anything that contains parabens. Same with petroleum jelly. Both are shown to be carcinogenic. Use natural products. You are made by nature, not the the petrochemical industry. Dry skin can be from lack of water (drink more ) or a reaction to the chemicals on your skin from soap, lotion, shampoo. Even detergents on your clothes.


Thank You! People don't how to put natural things ON them, or even IN them. It's good when someone knows how to do things right, when it comes to skin health, and how to eat right. Look for ORGANIC products, like good "unrefined", "cold pressed", and "virgin", or extra virgin, COCONUT OIL.
The less it's been processed, the better it is! If your eating just anything in your grocery store, your more than likely, eating GMO's, and man made chemicals, that can't even be pronounced. GMO's are "genetically modified organism's". That doesn't sound very yummy or healthy! Look for ORGANIC'S, in everything you eat or drink, and you'll see a difference in how you look, AND how you feel!
Everyone is jumping on the organic bandwagon. Even Walmart and Target stores, are putting these on their shelves. Of course, some companies are trying to suck more money for themselves, by calling their products organics, but if you sign up for newsletters, that will tell who these companies are, and teach you the who, what, when, where, etc....about this subject, you won't regret it. Get educated, and get healthy. Think and learn, about what your putting into your body, and ON your body!
And petroleum products?? Why would anyone want to put a petroleum product on their skin?? Not for me, ugh!

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.


When I googled it came up as G16 is this the same as SR LOTION

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

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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!