Firstly, to reduce dryness and skin flaking, use a good cleansing bar like cetaphil
. Do not go for hot water baths as it dries the skin extensively instead use Luke warm water. Always dab your skin with towel instead of rubbing and apply a good moisturising lotion immediately after bath while the skin is still moist to lock in the moisture. Moisturising lotions (like cetaphil restoraderm or ureativ 10) or creams (like moisturex or cotaryl) are good to reduce dryness. Just wanted to mention these are the general recommendations to have a properly hydrated skin. You need to consult a good dermatologist
to decide whether steroids
are required or not as dermatology being a visual field
proper consultation can only be given after analysing the skin. However what I have advised above would surely help you out in soothing your skin and preventing further darkening of skin. Take care.