Ideal products to use for dry skin are lip balms, unscented skin care products and ointments or creams in place of lotions, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. When skin is dry and itchy, it helps to avoid deodorant soaps and any products that contain irritants such as alcohol, perfumes, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acid.
Adjusting skin care routines with changes in temperature and humidity is the best preventative measure for dry and itchy skin, states the American Academy of Dermatology. One suggestion for treating dry skin is taking shorter showers in warm water rather than hot water. Another method of treating dry skin involves using a limited amount of cleanser while bathing and moisturizing immediately after bathing. Additionally, choosing nonirritating laundry detergents and clothes, such as cotton or silk underwear, and hypoallergenic detergent, can help prevent irritation of already-dry skin.
Other suggestions include wearing gloves in cold or wet conditions, staying warm in cold weather without using direct heat such as a fireplace, and adding moisture to the air using a humidifier. These treatments should quickly provide relief to dry, itchy skin, explains the American Academy of Dermatology. If these changes in routine and skin products do not relieve dry skin, the condition may require seeing a dermatologist and possibly receiving a prescription for ointment or cream.