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4 Tips To Relieve Itchy Skin

Itchy skin is the worst, and if you have a certain skin type, it can attack at any time of the year. You might not even have the characteristic redness that goes along with the itch. Your skin may just feel dry and itchy. So defeat that distracting dry skin with these easy tips to relieve itchy skin.

Choose The Right Lotion

The obvious place to start is by looking at your lotion. If you’re slathering on lotion daily and seeing no relief, it could be that your lotion is just low quality. A key sign that you need a better lotion is if the one you use is a fancy hyper-scented variety that people usually give as gifts. These tend to focus on scent over actually providing the highest quality of moisture.

Look at the ingredients. If the product contains more fragrances than natural oils like sunflower, olive or jojoba, it may be time to look for a more natural product that will deliver more moisture. You may also want to look for a product containing glycerin as a first ingredient, as that will help skin hold onto moisture to prevent dryness in the future. Another option is to look for more heavy cream moisturizers over lotions.

The Goodness Of Oats

One natural remedy to relieve itchy skin is classic oatmeal. It’s so cheap and easy to come by. The scientific reason behind the ancient remedy? Oatmeal has chemical compounds called avenanthramides, which fight redness and inflammation in the skin.

A simple way to use oats is to grind up two cups of oatmeal into a powder. Add it to the running water as you draw a warm bath. Soak in the tub for 15-30 minutes.

If you have a restricted area that is affected by itchy skin, you could also add water to the ground up oats until you have a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave on for about 25 minutes, and then rinse.

Get Out The Petroleum Jelly

This sounds like something your grandma would do, but a simple layer of petroleum jelly might be in order for really itchy, dry skin. This is a great option for sensitive skin types who tend to get itchy from a host of unnatural products, as well. Petroleum jelly literally has only one ingredient: petroleum jelly. It’s a product made up mainly of mineral oils and waxes, so you know it’s heavy duty in the moisture department. Simply slather a light layer on the affected areas. Though if you are prone to acne, you may want to avoid such a heavy moisturizer on your face.

When To See A Doctor

If the above methods bring no relief, or your itching is accompanied by nasty lesions, it’s time to go see the doctor. It may be that an underlying condition needs to be treated, which could be anything from infections to allergies. The doctors may also be able to prescribe a more heavy-duty prescription itch relief.