Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:14 PM
I sympathize with the itching as I know it can be intolerable. It is an issue many have sought help with over the years with no real answer. It is hit or miss with lotions, some may help a little. For me, after about five years the itching stopped.
Some have used oatmeal baths but they did nothing for me but leave a mess in the tub. Try not to take really hot baths or showers, moisturize immediately after bathing, and if you can, bath less frequently. Also, invest in cheap backscratchers and keep them all over! Door jams work well, too.
There are many different changes in skin pigment. I became unnaturally dark. I looked like I had been on vacation even in the winter with my light hair and eyes. I did spend time at the beach but was extremely careful and covered up. The darkness has gone away over the years as well. My skin was very hard all over, it has softened. All of this took about 5 years from onset.
You are an inspiration for having dealt with this so long!