Ichthyosis is a condition that causes widespread and persistent thick, dry,"fish-scale" skin.

There are at least 20 different types of ichthyosis. Some types are inherited at birth and other types are acquired during adulthood.

There's no cure for ichthyosis, but a daily skincare routine usually keeps the symptoms mild and manageable.

This topic covers:


Ichthyosis vulgaris

Other types of inherited ichthyosis

Acquired ichthyosis

Treating ichthyosis


Helping with research

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 26 Jul 2016