Top 20 Doctor insights on: How to get rid of dry scaly skin on legs

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How to get rid of dry, scaly skin on my shins? It runs in my family.

How to get rid of dry, scaly skin on my shins? It runs in my family.

Emollient: If using over the counter skin lotions are not helpful you should consult a dermatologist as it may be a specific disorder rather than garden variety skin dryness. ...Read more

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Ichthyosis (Definition)

A skin disorder that leads to dead skin cells accumulating in thick, dry scales on the skin's surface. This is hereditary and can range ...Read more


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How to get rid of thin scaly skin on my legs?

How to get rid of thin scaly skin on my legs?

Emollient: If using over the counter skin lotions are not helpful you should consult a dermatologist as it may be a specific disorder rather than garden variety skin dryness. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry scaly skin on my face? I don't overwash and don't use any acne medicines.

How can I prevent dry scaly skin on my face? I don't overwash and don't use any acne medicines.

Scaly dry skin: Moisturizers are the treatment of choice - lotion during the day and ointments at night.
Washing the face with soap and water 2x a week will also help; during those alternate days, use non-soap cleansers like cetaphil. Mild Hydrocortisone creams may slow down the dryness and alleviate associated itching. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of scaly skin on my face and what causes this?

How can I get rid of scaly skin on my face and what causes this?

Probably: This is probably seborrheic dermatitis. This can be treated with hydrocortisone, elidel, (pimecrolimus) protopic, proseb and other creams. See your dermatologist to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Permanent treatment for scaly skin on legs?

Permanent treatment for scaly skin on legs?

Scaly leg skin: Scaly leg skin is often due to dryness, which can be caused by harsh soaps, hot water, chronic sun exposure or genetic condition with fish-like scales (ichthyosis vulgaris). Other health conditions associated with ichthyosis. You can improve the appearance of dry skin or ichthyosis by using good skin care and moisturizers with a little Alpha hydroxy acid in them but there is no permanent cure. ...Read more

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What to do if I have very dry skin on my legs, wrists and face, how do I get rid of it?

Moisturizer: Use only unscented soap to wash and apply a good moisturizer immediately after bathing to trap more water in your skin layer. ...Read more

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What should I do to get rid of my deep dry skin on my leg?

What should I do to get rid of my deep dry skin on my leg?

Ceramide Lotions: Shower less than 5 minutes and use luke warm water. Use a soap free cleanser. Daily application of a fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizing lotion (cerave) will promote normal desquamation and exfoliation of the epidermis. In addition, it contains ceramide that will reduce insensible water loss and enhance the barrier function and epidermal and dermal water content. ...Read more

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What can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that seems to be spreading on different parts of my legs?

What can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that seems to be spreading on different parts of my legs?

Diagnosing rashes: Correctly diagnosing a rash requires a good history and a physical exam. You could have dry skin, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, a dermatophyte infection or a large number of other diagnoses. To get a diagnosis of any rash, you really need to see a physician. Start with your primary care doctor, and consider a dermatologist if s/he isn't sure what to recommend.. ...Read more

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I have scaly skin on my legs, which looks especially terrible wheny skin is dry. I have had it for years and it doesn't itch or hurt. What's wrong?

I have scaly skin on my legs, which looks especially terrible wheny skin is dry. I have had it for years and it doesn't itch or hurt. What's wrong?

Coconut Oil/Fish Oil: Coconut oil helps with dry skin in the winter time when ingested. It looks like a jar of lard but tastes good enough--not as good as an easter egg. You can put it in hot cereal in the morning and even cook and bake with it. It heats up easily so be careful when cooking with it. Alternatively, high doses of marine fish oil can help if not on a blood thinners. Avoid alcohol-containing lotions. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of dry skin on your heel?

How do you get rid of dry skin on your heel?

Moisturizing lotions: For problem cases, with callused or cracking heels, used a preparation with Lactic Acid or urea. Also consider the possibility that there may by a superimposed athlete's foot infection. Have it checked professionally. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Please tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Moisturize: Use a mild, unscented moisturizer for sensitive skin (like Cetaphil). Avoid lon, hot baths/showers and moisturize while skin is still damp after coming out. Use a mild, non-drying soap. ...Read more

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What best cure for dry scaly skin?

Moisturizer: Frequent application of moisturizing cream, avoid excessive washing or showering, area humidifier if you live in a dry area. ...Read more

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How can I avoid dry scaly skin on my feet: could it be athletes' foot?

How can I avoid dry scaly skin on my feet: could it be athletes' foot?

Dry scaly feet: It could be athlete's foot or atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis, etc. You can try to prevent athlete's foot by wearing sandals, changing shoes/socks often and after exercise, using foot powder, washing and drying feet often, and avoiding wet public floors and wearing other people's shoes. A dermatologist will do a KOH prep of a scraping of your skin to confirm the diagnosis. See one. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Can anyone tell me what can I do to cure my dry scaly skin?

Dry, scaly skin: 1. Hydrate well with water. 2. Avoid lengthy or hot showers. 3. Use sunscreen consistently. 4. Avoid harsh or deodorant soaps - think hypoallergnic & unscented. 5. Only need frequent soap/cleanser on areas that are dirty or create body odor. 6. Use moisturizer as needed. 7. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night. 8. Maintain a healthy diet. 9.
See dermatologist to determine cause of dry, scaly skin. ...Read more

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What could cause an elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

What could cause an elevated circle with dry scaly skin in between?

Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Salicylic acid is not a recommended treatment for ringworm. ...Read more

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Calamine for dry scaly skin, ok?

Calamine for dry scaly skin, ok?

Will make it worse: Calamine lotion is drying and cooling. For dry skin there are dozens of ointment and creams OTC. ...Read more

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How to get rid hard dry skin around your heel?

Moisturize: Use a skin lotion/moisturizing cream on your heels on a regular basis. Use of a pumice stone can be helpful and is a safe way to gently remove buildup. This often needs to be done on a regular basis.

If you have dry heels with painful cracks, or are diabetic or have peripheral vascular disease, seek care from a podiatrist. ...Read more