Itchiness is a common skin sensation caused by various reasons. Whether you are suffering from dry skin, allergic reaction or mosquito bites, itchiness is an accompanying symptom of many diseases. Although the condition is mild and rarely an indicator of something more serious (such as cancer), it can disrupt your daily activities and concentration. The following home remedies might help you relieve itchy skin:
Coconut oil contains essential fatty acids that can help keep your skin hydrated by protecting it from the damaging effects of the environment. It can be added to your diet or applied directly to your skin as a moisturizer.
Household irritants can cause itchiness for those who are sensitive to it. Pure petroleum jelly has only one ingredient, hence can be a gentle alternative for sensitive individual. Abrasive household products may break the skin’s protective barrier while heavily chemical moisturizer can worsen the already weakened area, leading to skin irritation. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends petroleum jelly as a dry skin soother for all areas of the body and it is safe to apply as often as it suits you.
Oatmeal contains chemicals called avenanthramides that fight inflammation and redness. It is particularly helpful in soothing itchiness triggered by poison ivy, eczema, chicken pox, sunburn and allergies. For best result, take an oatmeal bath by grinding oatmeal in a blender or food processor and slowly sprinkle it into the tub as the water runs. Then soak for at least 15 or 20 minutes.
Aloe vera is excellent for treating a number of skin ailments due to its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. Fresh aloe vera is known to be very soothing to the skin. If you did not have fresh aloe vera gel available, you can buy one in a drug store.
A cold compress can be helpful in soothing skin itchiness caused by heat, insect bites, poison ivy and shingles. It helps ease swelling, inflammation and itching and is particularly useful in sunburn where there may be blisters developed. Avoid applying the ice directly on the skin. Instead, rub ice cubes in a sealed plastic bag or an ice pack over the affected area for a few minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw and organic apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid that helps counter skin infections or skin allergy that could be causing or aggravating the itchiness. You can use the vinegar directly or dilute it with water before applying on the skin. If this irritates your skin, discontinue usage.
Chamomile relieves itching, soothes the skin, reduces inflammation and helps to heal thanks to its anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties as also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral effects. Soak a cloth in chamomile tea and place it on the affected area as a compress and repeat two or three times a day. You can also dilute it with two teaspoons of coconut oil or another carrier oil before applying.
Due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-irritant, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, neem is very useful in alleviating a number of skin ailments including eczema, rashes, acne, scabies, psoriasis and various infections. It also contains antioxidants that prevent ageing and revitalize skin cells. You can use neem leaf extract, neem oil, soap, cream or other neem products to reap its benefits.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. This makes it a potential treatment to soothe rashes, skin irritations, eczema, dry skin, bruises and wounds.
Apply calendula oil on the affected area and leave it on for a few hours, repeat at least twice daily until you see improvement. Add some calendula oil to bath water and soak in it for 15 minutes.
Olive oil helps in healing and promotes skin renewal given it is packed with vitamin E and antioxidants. It also soothes the skin and reduces itching. Rub extra-virgin olive oil or a combination of olive oil and essential oil to your skin to relieve dry skin. Use it only two times per week and do not overdo it.
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Review Date: November 28, 2018 | Last Modified: November 28, 2018
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