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Readers Respond: Ideas to Help Resolve Dry Skin

Responses: 95


Updated February 11, 2011

Old Treatment for Dry Skin

My mother swore by glycerin and rose water, and I think that's available in drug stores.
—Guest terry

Mary Kay Cream

I have found Mary Kay Cosmetics brand of extra emollient night cream works fabulously.
—Guest iva


I'm having a really hard time with dry skin / scalp and am trying to stay away from anything with toxic chemicals. Never thought to try the coconut oil on my body / scalp but totally will now! I do use a really nice light Aubrey's facial cream mixed with a few drops of jojoba and that works well at keeping me acne- & dry-skin-free on my troublesome, uber-sensitive facial skin. :) I also also use pure organic shea for bad dry spots, but find it more difficult to use for all-over.
—Guest Dawnzig

O'keefe's Working Hands Lotion

I agree with Rhonda's response. My daughter found this product after knowing I had cracking fingers and dry skin issues. On a later visit to a Dermatologist, I showed him the information on its ingredients. He commented that it was wonderful. On another follow-up visit he told me that I had saved a lot of people money by letting him know of that products availability instead of them having to go with a prescription item. It is usually sold in hardware stores and home improvement stores like Lowes.
—Guest Ron

Neutrogena Intensive Moisture Wrap

I love this lotion! My face is the so dry and I have always been complimented for having great skin! The Intensive Moisture Wrap is a thicker lotion that my skin drinks in!
—Guest Donna

Lubriderm Sensitive Moisturizing Lotion

I've tried everything mentionable. Nothing had the effect like the inexpensive bottle of Lubriderm. Great stuff! Stops itching too.
—Guest Rae

Fish Oil

I did not feel much difference until I took liquid fish oil. Get top quality brands like Nordic Naturals or Carlson. They taste fine.
—Guest HT

Dry, Cracked Heels

I experienced cracked heels for the first time last summer. It did not help at all to exfoliate. What I did was use castor oil, yes, the stuff that people used to drink to be "regular." Well, it's the best moisturizer and it heals. I put it on every night, put on socks, then went to bed. I also put it on in the morning for a while before I went to work. It only took about a week and they were back to normal!
—Guest Pat

Healthy Feet

I bought a product fron O'Keefes called Healthy Feet and it has worked wonders on the cracked, split bottoms of my feet.
—Guest Linda


I take lots of fish oil as an anti-inflammatory so that likely has a positive effect on my skin that wasn't intended. I also find coconut oil to be wonderful, but the best moisturizer EVER has been squalane. It moisturizes beautifully and is absorbed by the skin in a few minutes without leaving any greasiness. I get the unscented kind.
—Guest Anna

Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk and Lotion

I work for the brand and have Grave's Disease (Hyperthyroidism)-- Milk having lactic acid (in this case goat's milk) and all eats up the dry itchy skin - whilst the nourishing lotion soothes and moisturizes --- keep the lotion in the fridge and add on cold if you are feeling hot, and need moisturizing relief!
—Guest Guest Paula

Itchy Dry Skin Relief

Safflower oil is a miracle product used not only for cooking, but works great on dry itchy skin. It's best to apply it right after you shower. It helped my skin tremendously.
—Guest Aldys M.

Tarocco Nourishing Moisturizer

I'm very sensitive to scents in lotions, most help to dry me out further and doesn't help my alergies either. A sample of Tarocco Nourishing Moisturizer at a hotel I stayed at in Palm Springs worked wonders. It is olive oil and blood red oranges, smells wonderful and is expensive but well worth it.
—Guest Lonniew

dry skin relief

I have fair, dry and extremely sensitive skin. I have tried hundreds of products over the years. The one that works best is Avon's Moisture Therapy. It may not be natural but it works better than anything else. I use Clinique products on my face.
—Guest Vicki

My Own Formula

A friend recently gave me a recipe for a homemade lotion and I like it pretty well. It is: 1 jar of Vitamin E cream, found at the discount store, approximately 5 oz. petroleum jelly, 2 bottles of baby lotion or non-alcohol-containing lotion. Put all contents in a large bowl and mix with a handmixer until light and fluffy. I also added a few drops of tea tree oil as a natural disinfectant to combat eczema. I still use Eucerin Plus lotion, and I also like Vaseline's Clinical Therapy lotion, but sometimes I need to have a little extra moisture and this lotion is light and non-greasy, and my skin stays soft all day and night.

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