my mother who is in her 70s gets very dry cracked skin which is painful and makes it difficult for her to enjoy many things.
It comes and goes - there may be a period of 3 or more months when her skin is fine, then she starts getting small oval white patches (looks like dead skin) that start flaking and it gets worse over a few weeks to her joints when then start cracking.
She uses a variety of creams (E45 etc) which do not appear to work.
Now, I also had this over a two or three year period but now I never get it. I have had a great deal of stress since that time and it never caused it to come back. My mother has never been happier (apart from this complaint) - so I don't really see it as 'stress related'.
Can anyone suggest what the cause might be? I'd really love to help my mum as I know how painful it can be.