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Old 01-24-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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Unhappy winter itching skin on legs only


every winter time I have this terrible itching on my legs only, it keeps meawake at night...when I scratch it leave red splotches..mostly just on the calves...vaseline cream only helps alittle...please this is driving me crazy..Lucy

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Old 01-24-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: winter itching skin on legs only

Hi lucy. Lots of people have this problem. There are many threads on here with similar stories. It's just the super dry cold weather, depending on where you live of course. I have the same problem. One thing I do is moisturize year round, not just in the winter. That helps the problem somewhat. Just use good lotions, limit hot water usage, and I think shaving sometimes aggrevates it more. But I [I]have[/I] to shave!! I've mentioned this before too: safflower oil. My parents swear by it. Recommended to them by their doctor.
Could try some benedryl at night to help sleep. Also avoid itchy fabrics. Try to stick with cottons, warm fuzzy fleece.

Old 01-30-2008, 07:35 AM   #3
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Re: winter itching skin on legs only

I used to have, what I called, 'alligator' skin on my legs, dry, flaky, itchy skin. I do have a tendency towards dry skin anyway, but my skin is different and flaky on my legs. It always seemed much worse in the winter months, perhaps because of the cold, dryer air, and home heating.

Here's my own program that I began a few months ago:

When I shower, I use a soft 'back scrubbing' brush on my legs. That seems to exfoliate any of the dead skin. When I need it, I shave my legs after brushing them, always using a moisturizing shave lotion.

After showering, and most important, I began using Palmer's Cocoa Butter daily. I also apply it in the evening before going to bed. I can't believe the difference it's made. My legs are smooth, and no longer itchy. Besides, Palmer's Cocoa Butter smells like chocolate to me! Love it.....

Just as a 'side-line', Sometimes I run my fingers through my hair after applying the Cocoa Butter to my legs. The minute 'leftovers' on my hands moisturizes my hair, without heaviness, and it makes my hair very shiny. (Acts like a finishing cream!)

Hope this will help you...

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