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What are treatments for ichthyosis?

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Ichthyosis can't be cured, but treatments can help you manage dry and scaly skin.

Rub cream, lotion, or ointment onto your skin every day to add moisture. Look for rich creams that have any of these ingredients: lanolin, alpha hydroxy acids, urea, or propylene glycol. Products with ceramides or cholesterol also keep skin moist.

Apply the lotion right after you step out of the shower or bath, when your skin is still damp. This will help hold in moisture.

From: What Is Ichthyosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin: Who Gets and Causes."

British Skin Foundation: "Ichthyosis."

DermNet New Zealand: "Ichthyosis," "Ichthyosis Vulgaris," "Recessive X-linked ichthyosis."

First Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types: "Living with Ichthyosis," "X-Linked Ichthyosis Fact Sheet."

Medscape: "Ichthyosis."

National Health Service: "Ichthyosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Ichthyosis."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Ichthyosis."

National Institutes of Health-U.S. National Library of Medicine: “What is a gene?”

National Institutes of Health, AIDSinfo: “Protease Inhibitor.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: "Dry Skin: Who Gets and Causes."

British Skin Foundation: "Ichthyosis."

DermNet New Zealand: "Ichthyosis," "Ichthyosis Vulgaris," "Recessive X-linked ichthyosis."

First Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types: "Living with Ichthyosis," "X-Linked Ichthyosis Fact Sheet."

Medscape: "Ichthyosis."

National Health Service: "Ichthyosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Ichthyosis."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Ichthyosis."

National Institutes of Health-U.S. National Library of Medicine: “What is a gene?”

National Institutes of Health, AIDSinfo: “Protease Inhibitor.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

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