Advanced search

Mumsnet hasn't checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have medical concerns, please seek medical attention; if you think your problem could be acute, do so immediately. Even qualified doctors can't diagnose over the internet, so do bear that in mind when seeking or giving advice.

Very Dry Skin

(27 Posts)
Walnutcakelover Tue 30-Oct-12 20:29:46

Can anyone advise me on a good cream for extremely dry skin?. My mum has extremely dry skin, to the point where you can see dry flakes on her clothes. She isn't itchy, or red, and tbh you can't see that she has dry skin, until you go very close to her. Her legs look abit like lizard dry (If that makes any sense) but it's smooth looking rather than thick and very dry. The Dr gave her E45 and Aquaoeus, but they haven't worked. Any suggesstions? I know it sounds a bit weird but it's hard to explain.

LadyMaryCreepyCrawley Tue 30-Oct-12 20:32:51

She needs to go back to her GP and ask for a referral to the dermatologist. A lot of skin conditions require a trial and error approach to the creams, I doubt E45 and Aqueous will make any difference unless it's very mild. There's no real active ingredients in them. Have you googled psoriasis?

Walnutcakelover Tue 30-Oct-12 20:35:59

Hi yes have seen psoriasis ladymary. There is no redness on her skin, she is not even itchy, just extremely dry skin.

LadyMaryCreepyCrawley Tue 30-Oct-12 20:38:15

It's scaly rather then anything else (I have seen it, although it was a few years ago). There's lots of things which can cause dry skin, it's best to get an expert to look at it in case it gets worse.

recall Tue 30-Oct-12 20:39:15

Aveeno is quite good

Walnutcakelover Tue 30-Oct-12 20:39:20

Thanks ladymary. My mums a rascal when it comes to going to the dr.

LadyMaryCreepyCrawley Tue 30-Oct-12 20:41:55

has she tried the usual; change of soap, change of washing powder? I used to use Ecover after ds was diagnosed with eczema.

ATourchOfInsanity Tue 30-Oct-12 20:43:27

Diprobase works well for us smile GP can give you a script for a big bottle. Works on all sorts of skin complaints.

omletta Tue 30-Oct-12 20:46:33

I second Aveeno, only thing which works for any of us, and we have tried them all!

NotmylastRolo Tue 30-Oct-12 20:53:01

Another vote here for Aveeno (it is on offer at Sainsbury's half price I think this week). I do not bother with E45 as it is not brilliant on my dry skin. Palmer;s cocoa butter is good. Trial and error I am afraid - and avoiding any highly perfumed soaps. In fact I would avoid soap altogether and use unperfumed liquid shower gel to wash as soap is very drying.

Does yr mum use biological washing powder? Try Fairy or another good non-bio washing powder to ease itching from dry skin. LMCC suggested Ecover and that sounds like good stuff.

LadyMaryCreepyCrawley Tue 30-Oct-12 20:55:20

Ecover is great, it's all natural ingredients so won't irritate skin (I don't work for them, it was great for ds). Baby oil also helped, just make sure she puts it onto wet skin when she gets out of the bath and pats dry. It's easily absorbed.

MadameCastafiore Tue 30-Oct-12 20:55:30

I buy Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Moisturiser - is great and you can get a huge tub on the net for about £30 but lasts for about 4 - 6 months. It isn't the great greasy oily stuff but a lovely smelling cream that is the only thing that makes my skin un crusty.

Be careful with aqueous - lots of people are allergic to it.

Walnutcakelover Tue 30-Oct-12 21:11:27

Thanks for the replies. She hasn't changed her soap, washing powder or anything. Aveeno sounds good. I will tell her to go back to the Dr, and get something else. She has been using cocoa butter with no improvement. My mum never wears perfumes or highly scented stuff. I think she may be a bit run down. She is suffering with proctitis, she also had two bowel polyps out back in June.

titan Tue 30-Oct-12 21:12:59

Epaderm ointment. Big pot from the pharmacy counter. Thick and greasy but it will work.

Walnutcakelover Tue 30-Oct-12 21:15:26

Will enquire about Epaderm and Diprobase, Thanks.

FrustratedNovelist Tue 30-Oct-12 21:43:30

I swear by Dream Cream from Lush, might be worth a try?

Walnutcakelover Tue 30-Oct-12 21:52:51

Thanks frustrated will take a look.

wishiwasonholiday Wed 31-Oct-12 02:53:00

Aveeno, I tried a carrier bag full if creams from the dermatologist and it was the only thing that worked I found it by accident too as I bought a cream with oatmeal and it worked so asked for it in prescription. My hands were cracked and bleeding and kept me awake at night but it is totally gone now as long as I keep using Aveeno. I recommended it to my friend too and it worked for her, the oatmeal is cooling.

mahi1 Wed 31-Oct-12 07:22:07

Increase use of vegetables and fruits ...

mahi1 Wed 31-Oct-12 07:26:25

Message deleted by Mumsnet for breaking our Talk Guidelines. Replies may also be deleted.

Walnutcakelover Wed 31-Oct-12 07:29:31

I will check Aveeno out, sounds nice.

Bonsoir Wed 31-Oct-12 07:41:17

You could buy her this cream, to heal her skin; and ensure she only washes with something like this and, once her skin is healed, that she moisturises after every bath with something like this.

12ylnon Wed 31-Oct-12 07:46:59

I've suffers from dry skin forever. I would really recommend switching to a soap and shampoo without sulphates. They're so harsh and in everything. People don't realise that it's basically detergent. There's a really excellent brand called 'naked' which is available in boots and online, not to expensive and really good quality. Don't be fooled by soaps that say 'sensitive' on them, they're often not sulphate (sls/sles) free.

Re moisturisers. I've tried them all, the one that works for me is oilatum. And don't just put it on once or twice a day. All the time. You can't use too much.

Hope this helps!

Walnutcakelover Wed 31-Oct-12 08:49:39

Thanks ladies.x

Iatemyskinnyperson Wed 31-Oct-12 08:56:05

How about changing to sulfate free soap/shower gel? Helped me a lot. I use moogoo

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: