Hello Cynical, what many of us say is what works for some will not work for others. I agree with you at this time of year, nothing works for me better than Lachydrin 12% lactic acid. I can use the other alpha hydroxy creams such as Dermal Therapy Alpha Hydroxy (10% urea & 10% lactic acid)or Amlactin 12% lactic acid, or LAClotion 12% lactic acid made by Paddock Labs, or Aqua Glycollic (glycollic acid) when the temperature increases. Need that initial sting to help with itching and dryness at night, and Lachydrin seems to be the only cream that meets my needs.On especially cold nights, I add liquid glycerin and that helps too. Good luck to you Cynical and I hope you find the right combination of creams to use.