Home Remedies for Itchy Skin

Written by Lari Warjri, B.A. | 

Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Jul 18, 2019

What is Itchy Skin?

Itchy skin, also known as pruritus is an uncomfortable skin irritation that makes you want to scratch the affected area to relieve the itching feeling. Itching is a common problem with everyone and may result in a rash or another condition. The main causes for itchiness can range from dry skin, insect bites, skin lesions, internal illnesses such as liver or kidney disease to skin rashes, and allergies.

Common Causes of Itchy Skin

The following are the common causes of itchy skin:
  • Skin lesions

  • Dry skin

  • Internal illnesses

  • Blister

  • Eczema

  • Pregnancy

  • Menopause

  • Allergens

  • Insect bites or stings

  • Lack of hygiene

  • Drugs

Home Remedies for Itchy Skin

Tip 1:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an effective antiseptic agent that helps relieve dry and itchy skin. Dab a cotton ball on the vinegar and apply on the itchy area, this will help the itching go away.

Apple Cider Vinegar can Treat Itchy Skin

Tip 2:

Aloe vera works wonders to treat itchy skin. Just slice a piece of aloe vera and rub the gel on the affected skin. This helps to relieve the irritation and swelling of the skin.

Tip 3:

Basil leaves contain a substance called eugenol, which is a very effective topical anesthetic. Boil some basil leaves into a tea, allowing it to cool, then use a cotton ball and apply on the itching part.

Tip 4:

Mint is another herb that has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it can be used to get rid of the itchiness. This can be applied in the same manner as basil on the itching area whenever its needed.

Tip 5:

Oatmeal is another remedy that is used for dry itchy skin, as it helps to moisturize the skin. Mix oatmeal in water and apply the mixture on the irritated skin, leave for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with cold water. Repeat this remedy until the itching stops.

Oatmeal can Relieve Itchy Skin

Tip 6:

Essential oils like chamomile oil, clove oil, lavender oil, neem oil, and so on are some of the best essential oils for treating itchy skin. You can add a few drops of any essential oil to your bath water or apply it directly on your skin to get rid of the itchiness.

Tip 7:

Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, has bleaching properties, and it is also a very effective home remedy to treat itchy skin. Slice a lemon and squeeze out the juice, then apply it directly on the itchy part to relieve from skin irritation.

Lemon for Itchy Skin

Tip 8:

Coconut oil can work wonders for treating dry or itchy skin. You can apply coconut oil directly onto the affected area. You can also soak in lukewarm water, then pat yourself dry and apply the oil all over to reduce skin irritation.

Tips for Healthy Skin

The following are some tips to keep your skin healthy:
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to sun tan or wrinkles. Hence, use sunscreen every day, even if you are indoors to prevent skin damage.

Sunscreen can Prevent Skin Damage
  • Lack of water content in the body can lead to skin inflammation, blemishes, aging, dehydration and so on. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to keep your skin hydrated and plump.

Drink More Water to Keep Your Skin Hydrated
  • Cleansing helps remove excess dirt, opens up clogged pores, and gets rid of pollutants from the skin. Massage your skin gently for about 20 minutes with a skin care product that suits your skin.

  • Eating healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals like spinach, salmon, almonds, and berries can boost your immune system and also improve the texture or quality of your skin.

  • Skin exfoliation removes dirt and helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It helps promote the process of skin renewal, thereby making the skin healthy and fresh. Therefore, make sure to exfoliate your skin daily to improve overall skin texture.

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