I have horrible dry skin on my hands now......didn't used to. Was Dx'd with Crohn's last year so I'm not sure if there's a correlation there, just a coincidence or if like another poster said, dehydration. The only meds I take are a probiotic and enzymes so I don't have any prescriptions to blame for it. My hands get so dry they crack and bleed - and my skin is in such bad shape my hands look like those of an 80 year old. My Derm. said I've lost my protective barrier, gave me a topical steroid and barrier cream and honestly, they don't help. The dryness is creeping up my wrists and the tender skin there is becoming slightly discolored (a light brown). I found a barrier cream at a local pharmacy here called CeraVe, it's much cheaper than my Rx barrier cream ($50 co-pay!) and seems to work okay. The only issue is that I am a big hand-washer so I'm constantly washing it off, and since I shuffle paperwork all day it's hard to continually re-apply. I only get to put a good coating on at night before I go to bed. Maybe we need to drink more water. :) I just don't know.
38 y.o. F. Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009.
Never had symptoms until after my daughter was born in 2006.
Currently taking probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Entocort on standby in the event of a flare.