For Managing Dry, Stiff Skin

Skin Lotions and Emollients

You may be advised to use skin lotions to keep your skin as moist and supple as possible, and to decrease itching. Common brand names include:

  • KeriCream
  • Lanolor
  • Lubriderm
  • Eucerin
  • Nivea
  • Ultraderm
  • Alpha Keri Bath Oil
  • Amlactin
  • Aquaphor

In early trials UVA1 light therapy, phototherapy , has been shown to be potentially useful to soften the skin in localized scleroderma. It has not been useful for finger thickening and ulceration in systemic scleroderma.

For Managing Dry Eyes

Artificial Tears

Artificial tears can help lubricate dry eyes. Common brand names include:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Tears Naturale
  • Refresh
  • HypoTears

For Managing Dry Mouth

Artificial Saliva

Artificial saliva helps relieve dry mouth. Common brand names include:

  • Salivart
  • Optimoist
  • Saliva Substitute
  • Moi-Stir
  • Salix lozenges

For Managing Decreased Mobility Due to Stiffness of Skin and Joints

Physical Therapy

Scleroderma can interfere with your ability to move around comfortably. Stiffness of your skin and joints can greatly interfere with your ability to be active. Physical therapy may help you retain or regain mobility and ease of movement.