Skin Dryness

by Matthew MacIntyre
(Rochester, NY)

How do I get rid of my skin dryness. Every time I get out of the shower I itch no matter what. I use body wash that has hydration.

Also when I Itch, I get hives, how do I get rid of those?

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"Natural Dry Skin Remedies"
by: George Parigian Jr.

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for the question about skin dryness. There are several possibilities for what's causing your dry skin. It may be the body wash you are using contains something you are sensitive to and is irritating your skin.

The itching is caused by histamine release, and this again can be triggered by a chemical in the body wash you are sensitive to.

The itching and hives could be a sign of Aquagenic Pruritus which is a condition where you experience intense itching after contact with water.

I would suggest that you try switching your body wash to something really mild. For natural dry skin remedies there are several products that may help.

Best soap for dry skin:

  • Eucerin Calming Body Wash

  • Dove Body Wash (blue label)

  • Very Natural Willard's Water Soap


Aftger your shower try one of these excellent products.

Best moisturizer for dry skin:

  • NaPCA (plain or with Aloe Vera) by Twinlab

  • JOHNSON'S® SOFTLOTION®


If this approach does not work, your doctor might suggest an over the counter hydrocortizone cream or even prescription topical antihistimine.

However try the most natural dry skin remedies first. My guess is that they will work fine for you. If they don't and this problem becomes more severe see your doctor or a qualified skin specialist.

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