Topical moisturizers not working for irritated skin?

My child has very dry, itchy, and red skin and topical moisturizers are not working anymore.  What should I do? -T

Dear T,

I am sorry to hear about your child but you have come to the right place!  There are several different skin conditions that could be causing these skin changes in your child, some common ones being eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic skin reactions, psoriasis, dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), and even dry skin (xerosis).  Over the counter moisturizer brands I like to recommend are CeraVe, Cetaphil, Eucerin, Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Vaseline.  When these are not working to control your child’s symptoms of itchy, dry, and red skin then it may be time to visit us here at our Renton dermatology clinic to properly diagnose your child’s skin condition and discuss stronger treatment options.

Megan Larson, PA-C

Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center

Renton, WA

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