I could be wrong but I think we all have the dry skin. Also it seems a large number of us have what I think is more aptly called "sensitivity issues". And believe me, I'm not trying to make light of it. It's very serious if it is happening to you and very hard for people who don't have it to take seriously when you describe it. They tried to tell me I was mental because I was annoyed by "creepy crawly feelings". I really wish medical people would consider the possibility that they don't know everything so that when they are confronted with something they don't know they wouldn't jump to the conclusion its "crazy".
Anyway, both are awful to be sure. Nothing feels quite as miserable. I like to try different lotions. Glycerin based seem to work better than water based and don't even blink at the ones that contain any alcohol. Also, and this is opinion, I find slightly more expensive lotions (within reason) seem to outlast the cheaper brands because I can go longer between applications which makes them more cost effective in the long run. So instead of buying a giant bottle of store brand lotion, I rack up on those bath and body works sales when I can and get 5 for the price of 3. It will last longer feel better and come out less expensive than going to the store twice a week to get more lotion. And really I suppose its what you consider expensive. I think they work better than medically recommended lotions and smell a heck of a lot nicer which has the added advantage of working as a sort of aromatherapy relaxant so I'm not smearing on lotion and gritting my teeth because I'm angry that I've had to stop and do it five times before I ate lunch. Grrrrr! LOL And considering what they ask for small containers of some of the "dry skin" specialty lotions even at walmart, I think I am probably coming out about the same price to get my "smell goods". And on those days when it hurts too bad to raise your arms and wash your hair in the shower, I'm sure I still smell semi-okay... which is yet another big bonus. I wouldn't suggest trying it often tho. LOL Just when it is a must.
Good luck, sorry you had to join us but glad you did if you had to, GG