Sometimes it only takes the slightest touch or movement for your skin to feel itchy. And once a part of your skin starts to itch, it usually doesn’t stop after just one scratch. If you feel like you suffer from incessant itching, read this handy guide to find out the best homes remedies for itchy skin.
Everybody has felt an itch at some point, but persistently itchy skin can be a symptom of an ongoing condition like eczema, psoriasis, or scabies. However, itching usually isn’t the sole symptom of those skin conditions; rashes, bumps and flushed skin on a specific area of the body usually accompany the itching. If you haven’t experienced any of these other symptoms along with itching, your itchy skin may, instead, be caused by one of the following:
Certain medications can also cause also cause skin to itch, and pregnant women often feel itchy on their limbs and abdomen.
No matter what the cause is, itchy skin can be treated easily and effectively through these simple home remedies:
Oftentimes, itchy skin is a symptom of dry skin that needs to be moisturized. Aloe vera is a soothing moisturizer that’s often used to relieve itchy skin. If you have an aloe plant, break off a leaf and squeeze the gel onto the itchy area. If you don’t have aloe, you can also break open a vitamin E capsule and rub the thick oil into your skin. Many moisturizers also contain these ingredients, so you may want to try swapping those with your regular lotion.
Basil contains a compound called eugenol, which can soothe irritated skin. Just steep a few basil leaves in a cup of boiling water, let it cool and dip a clean hand towel into the tea. Place it on the affected area and leave it on until the itching subsides. You can also try this method with mint, thyme, or even lemon juice, which contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory properties and when mixed with cloves, which also contain eugenol, they make for a great itch reliever. To make this “lotion,” ground some cloves and juniper berries, mix them into a bit of melted butter and melted beeswax and rub it into your skin.
The key to bathing itchy skin is to use warm or cool water as hot water pulls moisture out of the skin. To relieve your itchy skin, add some finely ground oatmeal or baking soda to your bath water.
While those remedies can sooth skin that’s already itchy, they may not prevent skin from itching in the future. If you often experience itchiness or rashes on your skin, or if you have a skin condition, you may want to follow these tips that can prevent bouts of itchy skin in the future:
Of course, these tips and home remedies can’t prevent all itches. Your skin is bound to feel itchy sometimes, but persistent itching, which can be caused by anything from dryness to a disorder, can easily be treated through the use of some simple home remedies and a few healthy choices. Be sure to consult your physician if you are experiencing persistently itchy skin. These remedies are not meant to replace prescribed medication or professional medical consultation.