Top 20 Doctor insights on: How to get rid of dry scaly skin on 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
Hi. I recently got my eyebrows waxed and the skin around my eyebrows and eyelids is super dry and scaly. What should I do to get rid of the dryness?
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
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
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
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
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
Hi! I've a question in regards to a "scab" on my leg. It's been there for years. I used to pick at it but it'll just scab over again. It looks scaly. I've heard that chemical peels would get rid of it...what should I do?
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
Dry scaly skin on my tail bone, doesn't cause pain however its quite embarrassing and makes me self conscious, how do I treat this?
Psoriasis???: Need exam to define what is there. See a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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