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Ichthyosis vulgaris: Tips for managing

Applying moisturizer helps keep the skin free of scale.

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To help their patients with this long-term skin condition get the best results from treatment, dermatologists often share these tips:

  1. Continue to follow your treatment plan. Continuing to take baths, moisturize, and reduce scale can keep ichthyosis vulgaris under control.

  2. Remove scale gently. If you develop scale, it can be tempting to scrub the scale to remove it as quickly as possible. Scrubbing can make the skin raw, so you want to remove scale gently.

By working these tips into their daily routine, many people find that they can manage ichthyosis vulgaris effectively.

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Fleckman P and DiGiovanna JJ. “The ichthyoses.” In: Wolff K, Goldsmith LA, et al. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine (seventh edition). McGraw Hill Medical, New York, 2008:401-424.