Everyone feels the sensation of discomfort and feel itchy when they are profoundly sweating or after exposure to dirt or dust. This is a natural phenomena and it resides once you have cleaned your skin of any underlying impurities or dust. But due to various factors and for various skin types, a person may feel itchy almost all the time. Some conditions like a dry skin, eczema, dandruff, rashes and other parasites, infections or deficiency of vitamins and minerals will also lead to itchiness of your skin. Follow these simple home remedies if you have an itchy skin
Apple Cider Vinegar and clay for itchy skin
Apple cider vinegar is an effective antibacterial, antiseptic and anti fungal agent that helps in relieving itchiness of skin. It is highly effective for itchiness associated with dry skin. Clay is a good absorbent of dirt and hence the combination of both can do wonders over your itchy skin.
- Take a cup of fuller’s earth/clay.
- Make a paste out of it by adding organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
- Apply this clay mask on your explosive skin areas like hands, legs and shoulders. Avoid using it on your face, as it may lead to loss of moisture.
- When it is fully dry, use a damp cloth to scrub off the clay slowly and have a shower with warm water.
- Following this you can use a mild moisturizer for your skin.
Epsom salt bath for itchy skin
Epsom salt is mainly composed of magnesium sulfate. This component helps in reducing the itchiness of the skin and removes the toxins as well. It is safe to use for most people, but people with allergies and diabetes are not recommended to use it.
- Fill your bath tub with warm water and add 1 r 2 cups of Epsom salt to it.
- Stir the water gently for the salt granules to dissolve.
- Then soak in the water for up to 20 minutes.
- Gently pat dry your skin and repeat the process once per week.
Coconut oil – An all natural antimicrobial agent
Coconut oil is highly stable and resistant to oxidation and free radical formation. It is also rich in antimicrobial agents. The fats in coconut oil called the lauric acid and capric acid are highly antioxidant in nature.
- Prior to going for a shower, rub some coconut oil on your entire body.
- Let it get absorbed by your skin. This will take 10-15 minutes.
- Then go for your normal shower.
- Repeat twice a week, for best results.
Jojoba oil – An excellent natural moisturizer
Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E and it has high antimicrobial properties. It helps in balancing the sebum production in the skin, thus promoting healthy and soft skin. It softens any hardness in the skin, so it is very effective against rashes or roughness in the skin. This oil penetrates the skin quickly and prevents excessive loss of moisture. It can also cure dryness and flaking that occurs due to prolonged itching.
- Take a few drops of jojoba oil and apply it over the itchy regions of your skin.
- Leave it overnight and go for a normal shower in the morning.
- Repeat daily until your skin is soft and free of any roughness or itchy sensation.
Oatmeal water bath
Oatmeal contains fats and sugars. Hence when mixed with water they produce a gelatinous residues on the surface of water. This residue is rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins and will help in reducing your skin itchiness and also relieves other skin ailments like insect bites, stings, sunburns, etc.
- Take 2 cups of organic oatmeal.
- Make a fine powder out of it using a blender or food processor.
- Add this powder into your warm water bath and stir it evenly.
- 15-20 minutes soak in this bath will absorb the toxins from your skin, after which you can go for a normal shower.
- Be cautious while you step out as you r bath may turn slippery.
Use essential oils which are effective against allergies
Essential oils are the concentrated extracts of natural plants and herbs. So they are highly effective against skin allergies, infections and other disorders. Many skin and health care products that are available in the market today are mainly dependent on the essential oils for their manufacture. For itchy and irritable skin, the following oils can be used:
- Myrrh oil: It is effective against a number of skin conditions like Eczema, Fungal infections, as well as chapped and dry skin. They help to cure the itch marks and redness of the skin.
- Carrot seed oil: it is used to treat a variety of skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis (raised patches in the skin, due to accumulation of dead cells). It removes the toxins from the skin and highly effective against inflammations.
- Chamomile oil: Chamomile oil soothes your skin irritation and calms the nervous system. It is also rich in anti allergic properties. It is also safe to use on hair and scalps.
Apply moisturizers and avoid soaking
For easily irritable skins only fragrance free lotions and moisturizers must be used. For soothing a dry and itchy skin a moisturizer is essential. Go for lotions or moisturizers rich in glycerin and Shea butter, as they are rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Always put on a moisturizer after a bath and when you go out. Changing your bathing habits can also help in treating an itchy skin. If you bath too often your skin will lose its moisture, so stick with short lukewarm baths once a day.
Healthy Food and diet to reduce itching
Skin itch may be due to omega-3 deficiency. So go for fresh vegetables and juices that are rich in minerals and vitamins. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fibers; Honey contains potassium, zinc and magnesium. Sweet potatoes, red bell peppers are rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Adding adequate omega-3 rich foods like coldwater fish will help to wade away the skin itching. Also reduce the intake of dairy products as it may induce rashness of skin.
Keeping a tube of Benadryl cream could be handy in most important situations, as they block histamine site from irritating your skin, when you have an allergic reaction. It can also dull the itchy sensation. But use it only at times of emergency and consult a doctor if the itching prevails.