Ichthyosis is a group of skin conditions resulting in dry, thick, or scaly skin. It’s called ichthyosis from the Greek word for "fish" because the skin often looks scaly. The skin of those with ichthyosis doesn’t exactly maintain itself — instead, it makes too many new skin cells and/or sheds the old ones a little too slowly, leading to the skin becoming dry, thickened, rough and scaly.
There is no cure for ichthyosis, but there are many ways to manage the symptoms. Interested in learning more? We’ve got you.