One of the peskiest things to deal with is itchy skin. Aside from resisting the temptation to scratch the itch, itchy skin can only cause discomfort and distraction, eventually affecting your daily performance.

Furthermore, the more you scratch the itch, the worse it gets and could result in redness and blisters.

But before you hastily buy some ointments from the store to relieve the irritation, it’s a good idea first to determine the cause of your itchy skin.

What causes itching

There are numerous potential reasons a person experiences itchy skin. [1]

Some of the possible causes may include:

  • Allergic reaction to food
  • Allergic reaction to heat or sun
  • Allergic reaction to soap or other skin products
  • Touching a particular flower or plant that results in itching
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Change of weather
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Side effects of medication
  • Skin conditions (e.g., chickenpox, eczema, Psoriasis)

Regardless of the cause, itchy skin often comes with a spot or spots that beg for a long and deep scratch. Although scratching may temporarily relieve it, it’ll also worsen the redness and irritation, causing the itching to recur. [1]

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How to relieve itchy skin

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help soothe the itch that won’t always require a visit to the doctor or a prescription. However, remember that not all of these solutions may work for you, so take your time when choosing the most effective relief for your itchy skin.

1. Use a moisturizer

If your itchy skin is caused by humid weather, you can apply moisturizer to relieve the itching and dryness of your skin. Some moisturizing products like Dermeleve and other creams may help rehydrate your skin’s outermost layer and add more humectants to your skin. Humectants help collect and trap water into your skin to keep your skin moist and hydrated. It’s also ideal to use moisturizers that contain ceramide to help retain your skin’s moisture and prevent germs and other dirt from accumulating on your skin. Preferably, apply the moisturizer right after taking a shower. [2] [3]

However, be wary of using moisturizers that contain dyes or fragrances as these ingredients can only worsen the itchiness and irritation instead of treating the itchy patches. Hence, make sure only to buy moisturizers that are dye-and fragrance-free.

2. Take a cool shower

Often, people love the idea of taking long hot showers to relax their muscles. However, a hot shower may not be the best idea when you have itchy skin as it’ll only irritate the itch and further dry your skin.


*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

Thus, to soothe the itchiness, allow yourself to take a cool shower. Aside from calming itchy skin, cold showers may also help reduce muscle soreness and promote a healthy skin glow. Meanwhile, if the weather’s too cold or your body can’t handle the freezing temperature, you may settle for lukewarm water or apply a cold press on the itchy parts to reduce inflammation. [4]

3. Use a humidifier

If you frequently experience itchy skin every night, especially during the winter season, it may be best to bring a humidifier to your bedroom. Using a humidifier may add moisture to your room’s indoor air and prevent the likelihood of skin dryness and itching. [3]

4. Take an oatmeal bath

Colloidal oatmeal is ground oatmeal that dissolves in water. However, this isn’t about making a breakfast staple. Instead, the mixture can relieve itching and dryness and seal moisture in your skin. Thus, after mixing the oatmeal with water, you can do a skin test and apply a small patch to the affected area. [3]

You may add Colloidal oatmeal to your bath water and use it for cleansing your body, specifically the itchy areas. You can also find yourself a moisturizer that contains a Colloidal oatmeal ingredient, which may help treat and prevent rough, dry, and scaly skin. [3]

5. Mix baking soda with water

Aside from being used in making pastries, baking soda may also help relieve itchy skin. Baking soda contains antifungal properties known to help treat fungal skin conditions that may cause itching. When using baking soda, mix a quarter of a cup into a lukewarm water bath and use it for bathing. However, you can use a little water to produce a sticky paste of baking soda and apply it to the itchy area. [5]

When is itching considered a serious health condition?

Your itchy skin may disappear and heal after a few days, especially after applying one or more of the remedies above.

But how will you know if an itchy skin is more severe than you think? Here are a few symptoms to look out for that may signify a more severe skin issue:

  • Long-term itching (if the itch has been occurring for a few weeks or months despite the application of home remedies)
  • Bleeding and pain in the itchy area
  • Generalized itching (if the irritation is felt all over your body)

If you’re experiencing any of these, your best option is to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

The Bottom Line

Itchy skin can be frustrating and sometimes unbearable. Thankfully, these remedies may help relieve itching before your scheduled medical consultation. If the itching continues for longer than two weeks, it’s best to seek a doctor’s help immediately.

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Nicki Carrea

Nicki Carrea is a beauty writer, editor, and expert living in New York. She has over a decade of experience in the industry, and a wide