British Skin Foundation - Women's Skin Problems/Conditions

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Scaly legs

Postby on Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:28 pm

Have dry skin generally but my legs are particularly bad. They are very scaly and look like dry cracked mud even after moisturising !. They have been like this for a number of years now and I have tried numerous over the counter creams. I think I may have brought about this problem myself by sitting over the top of a fan heater in winter for up to 8 hours a day for a number of years. Can you recommend any over the counter treatments as I don't like to bother my doctor with what he may consider of little importance.

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Mollie Thorp
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Re: Scaly legs

Postby Dr Anton Alexandroff on Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:13 pm

Dear Ms Thorp,

I am sorry to hear about your skin problem. If you skin is very dry I suggest to try epaderm ointment, hydromol ointment or cetrabene ointment. If you would like something less greasy you can dry aveeno cream, cetrabene cream, oilatum cream, doublebase gel. Sometimes you need also a steroid cream if your skin is inflamed and this can be prescribed by your GP or dermatologist.

I hope this is helpful.

With best wishes,
Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
British Skin Foundation Spokesperson
Harley Street Dermatology Offices, Nuffield Health, Spire and BMI Hospitals, London, Cambridge, Bedford and Leicester
Dr Anton Alexandroff
Consultant Dermatologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer & BSF spokesperson - FRCP, CCT (Derm), PhD, FRSM, FAAD
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