Hi - I'm new here - just created my account to ask some beginner questions on knitting, but saw this thread and wanted to post. We had been battling this in my family for years, until last year, when we started taking Udo's oil (Google it, but it is udoerasmus.com). During the winter we take a little under the recommended Tbs. for every 50lbs of body weight - within a couple of weeks the harsh dry skin was healed up, and I believe it is good for your internals as well. I still use a little lotion on the extremities, but the cracking/bleeding is gone. Heals you from the inside out... Hope this helps!