A condition that makes the skin look and feel rough, itchy, flaky or scaly.


Apply moisturizer several times a day when your skin feels dry and after bathing. Avoid harsh, drying soaps. Using a humidifier in your home may help ease dryness and itching.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a health care professional if:

  • Skin doesn't improve in spite of best efforts
  • You notice changes in the color of the affected skin
  • Dryness and itching interfere with sleeping
  • Open sores from scratching
  • Large areas of scaling or peeling skin