Dry Skin Needs Grease
A cheap, old remedy is the best

By Berit Mason
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dr. Robert Gilson

UT Health Science Center's Dr. Robert Gilson says they have a special name for skin that's going crazy right now:

"Winter's itch."

The dermatologist says it's a form of ezcema where nerve endings suffer from low humidity.

"And it feels so good to rub and scratch and if you do that it perpetuates a cycle where you can only get relief by rubbing and scratching."

To calm your skin and yourself down the best remedy is the oldest, cheapest and greasiest.

"One of the best is plain, old fashioned Vaseline petroleum jelly that you buy in a jar; it's extremely effective."

Gilson says pump bottle lotions don't cut it. Use non soap cleansers and take warm, not hot, showers.

"What happens is when it's less humid in the environment, the degree of concentration of water in the air, pulls your own water out of your skin."

He says hands get hit hardest from all of that washing.

August 16, 2010

The Division of Dermatology moved and opened their new clinic at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at 7979 Wurzbach Road, Grossman Building, 3rd floor. Pictured is some of our wonderful staff with our first patient to the clinic who was presented with a sun protective hat.