I use Cetaphil body cream sold in a tub, too, tons of it. If I go without, I itch, itch, itch. And if my skin gets cold, if I don't wear a layer next to my skin, I actually get hives.
Hint for the ladies: I mix some of my favorite (expensive) perfumed body lotion into the unscented Cetaphil, then lather it on.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days.