Ichthyosis is a genetic disease that causes dry and flaky skin which can be either very thin or extremely thick. Unfortunately at this point there is no cure for the condition, but there are a variety of treatments that sufferers can administer that will alleviate some of the discomfort caused by the condition.
The application of lanolin seems to help, as does the use of creams and lotions that contain lactic acid, urea or other alpha-hydroxy acids.
If the sufferer is using these types of creams and lotions to addition of glycerin can contribute to keeping the skin healthy and moist for greater periods of time, increasing the effectiveness of those creams.
Apply Cream And Lotion
Post showering or bathing the sufferer can lightly rub a pumice stone, exfoliating mitts or similar product over the skin. This helps the crust of skin that forms. This can then be rinsed away and the appropriate cream or lotion can then be applied.
Ichthyosis can also affect the scalp. This with the disorder are advised to rub the scalp with the lotion that seems work best and spend the night with a shower cap over the head. In the morning a shower with a mild shampoo may contribute to lessening the discomfort caused by the condition.
Bath With Warm Water
one of the more effective treatments seems to be to bath as often as possible which may help to loosen the dry and flaky skin. Some sufferers have noted that salt baths seem to be more effective than simple warm water. Sufferers are advised to them very gently towel off and immediately apply their favorite cream or lotion.
It is essential to note that some of the lotions may take weeks to show any noticeable effect on the condition. So finding the right lotion or cream is an exercise in patience and perseverance in the treatment for ichthyosis.