Dry, cracked skin is a common condition that can be treated in several ways, including moisturizing lotions, highly moisturizing products and topical steroids, notes MedicineNet. Moderately dry skin is best treated with moisturizing lotions, such as Cetaphil, Curel and Lubriderm. Severe dry skin is treated with Aquaphor and Vaseline.
Avoid exposure to harsh soaps, dish liquids, detergents and home cleaners, says MedicineNet. When bathing, avoid excessive scrubbing, and use a lukewarm temperature. These tips may improve the condition of dry skin. Visit a dermatologist if home remedies do not provide relief, or if the skin becomes exceedingly scaly or bleeds, warns Prevention.