Feeling pretty desperate here, I have a skin issue that's going on about 1.5 years. It started out as some raised, white, dry, very callus-y skin on my toes. It eventually "spread" to my fingers. I fought it for a long time, trying creams, increased hydration, better nutrition, etc. I eventually went to a dermatologist who diagnosed me with eczema. He prescribed steroid cream. It seemed to help at first with the raised, dry skin, but now I have a new problem - my skin is repeatedly peeling and will not heal. I had read that steroid cream would thin your skin, but my dermatologist insisted I keep using it saying that it "skin thinning is almost never an issue on your hands or feet where your skin is extra thick and resilient". After 5 visits to the Dermatologist, I stopped going and stopped taking the cream. My skin appears to have improved a little, but is still tearing/peeling. It's also very sensitive to the touch and just plain feels thin. It's been about 4-5 months with no change.
I'm kind of cynical/gun-shy of dermatologists now - he was highly recommended and one of the best in my area. Has great google reviews too. I didn't like that he was very quick to prescribe a cream and not address what was the supposed underlying issue. However, I was a little suspicious of an autoimune issue considering that I had no issues for 33 years and then suddenly one day have a skin issue. IDK - maybe that's completely normal to happen.
Background: 33 white male, never had any skin issues (or anything really) until this, no family history of skin issues. I work a white collar job and am not exposed to chemicals at work or at home.
Misc info/ things I have done:
-Physical came back fine, although i am slightly low in Vitamin D
-Drink plenty of water - at least 60+ ounces of water, more if I'm working outside or exerting myself. I rarely feel thirsty
-Use Dove Sensitive skin soap and shortened my showers
-Eating less processed foods (however i still eat them)
-Lost 20lbs - still technically overweight (BMI around 27), no change during weight loss
-Using lotions - the primary one I use is Cerave
-Tried different detergents
-Even moved to a different house (not due to my skin)