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Alligator skin on lower legs

Started 1335151893.957 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1335654270.577 by GraceFan

My lower legs are so very very dry.I have tried so many lotions and creams over the years with little results. My derm has had me using Amlactin for a long time but the problem still remains. He suggested once that this conditon could be inherited. Please if any of you know of any product that has given you some ease, please share. I just cherish the idea of being able to wear the cute shorter style pants this year!

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CreditCard­Overload1335151976.133526 PostsRegistered 8/17/2007

I have the same problem especially in summertime when legs show. I exfoliate my arms and legs and then use a body butter while skin is damp. HTH

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KatCat11335152255.85317045 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

If you have not tried it yet, Vaseline or Carmex. Good luck.

mistriTsqu­irrel1335153339.70310639 PostsRegistered 7/17/2010Purgatory, USA
On 4/22/2012 CreditCardOverload said:

I have the same problem especially in summertime when legs show. I exfoliate my arms and legs and then use a body butter while skin is damp. HTH

I have to agree, exfoliating is the key. In addition to moisturizing after bathing, I like to apply lotion about 20 minutes before exfoliating to soften-up the top layers of dead skin so that they slough off more easily and completely.

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eestepp1335197496.10310 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I have had the same issue every winter till this year. I started using a Salux Japanese washcloth...it took away my alligator skin. Then i use a Korres body butter on my legs. I agree that exfoliation is the key

Tricolor1335198828.6475246 PostsRegistered 4/19/2010Pittsburgh Suburbs
On 4/22/2012 mistriTsquirrel said:
On 4/22/2012 CreditCardOverload said:

I have the same problem especially in summertime when legs show. I exfoliate my arms and legs and then use a body butter while skin is damp. HTH

I have to agree, exfoliating is the key. In addition to moisturizing after bathing, I like to apply lotion about 20 minutes before exfoliating to soften-up the top layers of dead skin so that they slough off more easily and completely.

Good tip using lotion before exfoliating. Will have to try.

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lorretta1335203765.23374 PostsRegistered 4/22/2012

Thanks everyone! I havn't tried the exfoliating in the past, but today this gal is going to start.

LovemyBE1335204278.22725411 PostsRegistered 7/11/2008

Try a lotion with cocoa butter or shea butter in it OR body butters.

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jujubeoh1335204402.5371064 PostsRegistered 12/26/2007

I have Keratosis Pilaris on my arms, and Paula's Choice Weightless Body Treatment is the only thing that has helped me. I'm not sure if this is a similar problem to what you're experiencing on your legs, but it's worth a try.

http://www.paulaschoice.com/product/weightless-body-treatment-with-2-percent-beta-hydroxy-acid/keratosis-pilaris

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croemer1335209741.16774644 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009

Do you have hard water and no water softener? I had a bit of a problem with our hard water and since installing a water softener...no more problem.

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pinkberry1335215075.887898 PostsRegistered 11/28/2007NY

I would recommend Alpha Hydrox 10% Lotion...I think it works really well for very dry skin. It is actually sold as a face lotion but it comes in a 6 oz bottle so I find that it is a great body lotion.The alpha hydroxy acids help break down the dead skin and it is at the correct ph to do so (Amlactin may have the alpha hydroxy acids but may not have the correct ph to exfoliate).

Bindi1335217403.1473874 PostsRegistered 4/11/2007

Jose Maran's Whipped Butter has really impressed me! I put it on my legs after showering and by evening they are still moisturized but never greasy! I love it and I've never really liked that sort of product because most are so greasy! Maybe this would help you, tooSmile

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Cheryl in ­KY1335218474.957137 PostsRegistered 1/14/2011

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gwiz1335219125.93363 PostsRegistered 8/26/2007

I had this problem also. I tried DML Moisturizing lotion----no more problem. This lotion contains Dimethicone, which is a very effective ingredient in lotions. Worth a try.

tommysgirl1335219266.247709 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004
On 4/23/2012 Bindi said:

Jose Maran's Whipped Butter has really impressed me! I put it on my legs after showering and by evening they are still moisturized but never greasy! I love it and I've never really liked that sort of product because most are so greasy! Maybe this would help you, tooSmile


I second Josie Maran's whipped argan body butters....moisturization lasts all day for me and I have very dry skin on my legs too.

zgirl1335220856.5131036 PostsRegistered 5/5/2005

I tried Josie Maran's whipped argan body butters and didn't care for them. I also have "alligator skin" on my lower legs. I still haven't found a "HG" product for my lower legs.

amory1335236685.61746 PostsRegistered 2/4/2012

I don't know if you've ever tried Sarna lotion, but it's actually rather good for dry skin. In the winter I can get extremely dry hands, to the point where my skin will start to crack and bleed if I don't take care of it. This is probably the best thing I've used to help clear up and moisturize my hands. I imagine it would work well on any part of the body. It's around $10 or less and can be found in most drugstores like CVS.

I hope this helps and good luck.

Grangie1335238952.18631 PostsRegistered 10/20/2006
Another vote for Josie's body butters! Love them! Very moisturizing!

Grangie1335238956.85631 PostsRegistered 10/20/2006
Another vote for Josie's body butters! Love them! Very moisturizing!

Grangie1335238958.733631 PostsRegistered 10/20/2006
Another vote for Josie's body butters! Love them! Very moisturizing!

mistriTsqu­irrel1335249678.16310639 PostsRegistered 7/17/2010Purgatory, USA

Hey!!! One vote per person, Grangie. Smile

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mistriTsqu­irrel1335249775.74710639 PostsRegistered 7/17/2010Purgatory, USA
On 4/23/2012 Tricolor said:
On 4/22/2012 mistriTsquirrel said:
On 4/22/2012 CreditCardOverload said:

I have the same problem especially in summertime when legs show. I exfoliate my arms and legs and then use a body butter while skin is damp. HTH

I have to agree, exfoliating is the key. In addition to moisturizing after bathing, I like to apply lotion about 20 minutes before exfoliating to soften-up the top layers of dead skin so that they slough off more easily and completely.

Good tip using lotion before exfoliating. Will have to try.

It seems to help with ingrown hairs too...and I use up some of my less-favored body lotions and creams this way.

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Harpa1335270648.5237591 PostsRegistered 6/28/2007

Try body brushing w/ one of those Salux cloths before your bath/shower. It not only improves your circulation (you do have a circulatory system), but is a great exfoliation.

I also like the AH body lotion. The Silk Wrap lotion is a 12% AHA (Also used the Jergens Skin Smoothing Lotion) for knees, feet, elbows, but don't even have to use this on my legs because they are so silky smooth from the body brushing.

rina331335275710.0774770 PostsRegistered 6/17/2008

Re: "Alligator skin"

Mine doesn't look as bad as it used to. Here's what I did ....

1-Install SPRITE Filter in Shower - this made a MAJOR difference in the texture and feel of my skin. If I could only choose ONE thing for my skin, it would be to put a FILTER on the shower faucet.

2-Stop using commercial soaps. I only use South of France soap.

3-Exfoliate. All my are Body scrubs are very OILY and clog up my tub drain, but they work wonders on my skin. Right now, I'm using Tree Hut BRAZIL NUT and Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil. Fabulous!

ladybuglai­nie1335277202.043507 PostsRegistered 11/12/2006Florida

First....exfoliate the dead, dry skin off....the VERY best and cheapest way is to put regular plain old baking soda on a wash cloth when your showering, or pour some baking soda in bath water and just soak in it for a little bit. Second...go to your cabinet or pantry and get the bottle of olive oil you cook with and rub it on your legs....you just have to use such an oh so little amount.

happy hous­ewife1335277396.5431483 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

I have the dryest skin on Earth and so I use Skin so soft bath oil from Avon and I use Nivea lotion on my arms and legs as well. I use argon oil on my face and have for about a year - a wonderful product for dry skin. I'd use it all over if it wasn't so pricey.

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