Even with the best hygiene and moisturizing practices, everyone’s skin gets irritated now and then. Regardless of what triggers it, irritation of the skin can cause redness, a blotchy appearance, and itchiness that’s mild, moderate, or severe.
Here’s a look at what commonly causes itchy skin and how you can take a natural approach to relieving the itch.
People frequently have itchy skin because their skin is dry due to low humidity conditions, heated indoor air, or due to not using moisturizer. Skin becomes drier with age, which is why older adults tend to have this issue more often.
Skin irritation can occur due to an allergic reaction to something that your skin comes in contact with, such as laundry detergent, fabric, metal, or cosmetics. Most people don’t know what their skin is allergic to until it’s too late and they have a reaction. Certain plants, such as poison ivy, also cause itchy skin.
There are certain skin conditions that have itchiness as a primary symptom. In addition to eczema causing itchiness, it is also known to cause redness, flare up periodically, and be common in children.
Psoriasis is another skin condition that makes skin itchy, but this itchiness is due to the skin cells multiplying faster than normal and causing white scales to form on the skin. It is linked to the immune system and may require the removal of the scaly skin.
Mosquitos, spiders, fleas, mites, bed bugs, and other insects can bite humans and cause injuries that are itchy. This itching typically goes away on its own but can be very uncomfortable for a few days while the bites heal.
Skin can break out in hives, which are raised, red, and itchy welts if you are very anxious, eat certain foods, or after taking some medications. Hives usually fade away within a day, but medical attention is recommended if you also feel swelling or dizziness when the hives appear.
There are also serious medical conditions that cause skin to itch, including nerve disorders like pinched nerves, shingles, and multiple sclerosis. This is because itchy sensations form in places where the nerves aren’t working properly and there’s a disconnect between the brain and that part of the body.
Natural Itchy Skin Solutions
Many itchy skin issues can be prevented with good self-care, such as washing the skin regularly with a gentle cleanser and using a moisturizer afterwards. Seagate’s Smooth Skin Day Use can be used in the morning and at night on the face, hands, arms, and legs to get softer and smoother skin with natural ingredients.
When your skin becomes itchy and inflamed, try Stop Rash, an all-natural homeopathic remedy that comes in a convenient spray form so that you don’t have to further irritate the skin by touching it for application. OliveViate is a Seagate topical solution for anti-fungal relief and conditions that commonly cause itchiness, such as eczema and rashes.
With any kind of itch, try not to scratch it because this can further irritate the skin and slow the healing process. A cool bath with oatmeal may help, as well as covering the skin with light and loose clothing that is not restrictive.