I understand your wish to stop using the prescription drugs and the hesitancy to use Amlactin and Lachydrin.
I stopped taking the drug therapies as I suffered quite a range of side effects first on Accutane, then later on Methotrexate. When I used Lachydrin and then Amlactin, both were quite painful and burned my skin.
My solution is to bathe and shower twice a day with a shower in the morning so I can wash my hair, a bath at night. If the weather is very hot or very cold, sometimes I'll take an extra bath or shower.
I use two tablespoons of an oil mixture in the bath water, or I apply the mixture after I turn the water off in the shower. The mixture is my preference of vegetable or nut oil (almond oil is my favorite, but canola oil is much more economical) in a 16 oz. bottle with 4 drops of a favorite scent (jasmine, chamomile, ylang ylang, violets).
After I'm out of the bath/shower I apply generic petroleum jelly. I'm working on coming up with a more natural ointment, but so far have not had success. I've ruled out using beeswax as a base and now determined the cocoa butter might work better.
That's my routine in a nutshell. I probably invest a little more time in my skin care routine than others but I don't mind it too much.
You might want to check out the alternate remedy section of the bulletin board. Some folks have found some dietary supplements that seem to help an awful lot. I do know from personal experience that what I eat makes a huge difference in the health of my skin. Caffeine really tends to dry me out and I need a high protein intake, plus my immune system stays healthier if I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, especially vegetables with a lot of iron. While it is somewhat appealing to just take a vitamin and then eat whatever I want, the vitamin doesn't do as much good for my skin and health as watching my diet does.
Take care Sofie! Let us know what works for you.
I am female, and was born in 1972 with Lamellar Ichthyosis.