Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com. I have gone through it in detail and I can understand your concern.
You are indeed facing a very distressing condition. It is surely very uncomfortable to experience such a dry skin.
Moisturizing is surely the most important tool in the treatment of ichthyosis. However, since you have very severe ichythosis, oral intake of a medication called acitretin will prove useful. It is a medicine which acts on the keratinization of skin, thereby normalizing it and in turn helping in treating the dryness of skin. You will need a prescription and constant monitoring by your doctor for acitretin.
Hope this helps, please feel free to discuss further.
Patient replied :
Is this a common problem amongst guys like me? Is this a genetic thing?
Thanks for your reply.
This is not a common thing amongst any age group. It is a genetic condition.
Hence the treatment of this will involve a long term application of a moisturizer atleast thrice a day, preferably while the skin is still wet so that the moisture is trapped in the body. Taking oat meal baths will also help in reducing the dryness.
Acitretin is a medication which can have side effects and hence it needs to be monitored and can be taken only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor.
Hope this helps. Take care