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I have really flaky skin all over my body: legs, butt, face, even breasts. I usually load on a ton of body lotion. For my face, I exfoliate about every other day and use a moisturizer. My friends say I shouldn't exfoliate so much, but my forehead and nose will flake off on their own during the day if I don't! Any suggestions? I would love a flake-free day...
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it's worse in the winter. But year round flakiness has always been my problem
What products are you using? Cleanser? Soap? Moisturizer? and do you use extremely hot water?
I use Aveeno ultra-calming moisturizer and St. Ives apricot scrub.
And i just flip the faucet on, so probably warm or cold water. Not extremely hot.
I'm going to "say" that you have "Eczema-like" syptoms.
Check out this site: Eczema: Tips on How to Care for Your Skin --

Care for your skin in the bath or shower.
Bathe only with a mild soap, such as Dove, Basis or Oil of Olay. Use a small amount of soap when bathing. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Soaking in the tub for a short time can be good for your skin because the skin's outer layer can absorb water and become less dry. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Then use a soft towel to pat your skin dry without rubbing. Immediately after drying, apply a moisturizer to your skin. This helps seal in the moisture.

Good Luck.
I have flaky skin in the winter, but not all over my body, just my head and I read that for those with really dry scalp should wash hair every other day in order to retain some moisture. I have really dry skin on my body and I feel like soap bars make it worse, any suggestions on a good soap bar to use that will not make my skin dry and feeling taut?
My skin is really dry in the winter, too. I try to wash my hair just twice a week but I have really thick coarse hair that takes a LONG time to get greasy! Definitely avoid deodorant soaps -- I use Mary Kay or Dove. And I also use Elidel for spots with really dry (Eczema-type) spots of skin. You may want to consult with your dermatologist if you have good health care.
Try attaching a shower filter in your bathroom. It will filter out all the harmful toxins that are causing your skin to flake. Aquasana has some at Aquasana Water Filters ON SALE! 20-40% Off + FREE Shipping! and supposedly they are the best.
I have a private well and a water softener ($2000+ filtration system). It doesn't make it any better...although I can say that I would never be able to tolerate city water w/ chlorine.
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