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There are a number of reasons why skin can become itchy, but dry skin is the most common culprit. Cold weather, low humidity, excessive bathing and strong soaps, alone or in combination, can dry out your skin, leaving it itchy and uncomfortable. Also, certain skin conditions like eczema and atopic dermatitis can also make skin itch intensely. And it’s also true that aged skin has a reduced capacity to produce and retain moisture, which can lead to itchy skin.
The obvious challenge with dry, itchy skin is the physical discomfort and the dilemma with scratching, which will only further irritate skin and lead to an even more intense itch. Cracks and abrasions caused by scratching can allow bacteria and allergens to penetrate the skin, leaving your skin more vulnerable to infection. There are steps you can take to help improve the health of your skin, soothe the itch so you can avoid the cycle of scratching, and get your itchy skin back under control.
CARE & TREATMENT
The best way to care for dry, itchy skin is to prevent it from ever occurring. Avoid long baths and showers, which can dry out your skin. Keep water lukewarm since hot water can actually intensify itchy skin. Avoid harsh soaps, and instead use gentle, soap-free and fragrance-free face and body washes. After your bath or shower, while skin is still damp, apply a gentle, effective daily moisturizer to keep moisture in and irritants out. Keep the temperature inside your home (especially inside the bedroom) on the cool side, since overheating can make dry, itchy skin even worse. Using a humidifier can also help skin retain its moisture.
When dry, itchy skin flares up, the key is to avoid scratching. Specially formulated baths and lotions with oatmeal and cooling menthol can help reduce itch and soothe the skin. Apply a moisturizer whenever your skin feels dry or itchy. If you have eczema or atopic dermatitis, your physician may also prescribe medications to relieve itchy skin. It's a good idea to keep a steroid-free itch-relief product handy for when flare-ups occur.
On www.easeeczcema.org, you’ll find helpful guidelines for avoiding skin irritations that can cause itchy skin. Among the suggestions they offer is to wash all new clothes before wearing to remove formaldehyde and other potentially irritating chemicals that are used during production and packing. Also, adding a second rinse cycle when washing your clothes can help ensure they are free of irritating soap residue. Use mild detergents that are dye-free and fragrance-free, as dye and fragrances can irritate skin.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Improve the appearance of the skin or
2. Achieve healthier looking skin