Dry and itchy skin is a problem, especially in colder months. No matter how much moisturizer you apply, it somehow doesn’t seem to go away. Dry skin (xerosis) is a frequent cause of itchiness, but other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, etc. also make skin very itchy.
Regardless of the reason for your itchy skin, there are various home remedies to help you control itching. You can try the following home remedies to treat your skin.
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Make a mixture of oatmeal and water, and apply it to your irritated skin for cooling and soothing effect. You can also add colloidal oatmeal to a lukewarm bath and soak up for a few minutes to soothe itching skin. But avoid using hot water, as it can irritate the skin more.
2. Baking Soda Bath
You can also soak up in a bath of baking soda for 30-60 minutes. All you need to do is add one cup of baking soda in a warm bath, soak up and after the bath pat your skin dry with a towel.
3. Cold Water
Cold showers, baths, or even ice packs are good remedies for itchy skin. While hot water may feel temporarily good on your skin, but it leaves your skin drier.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
You can apply cider vinegar on the irritated skin with a cotton ball. Or add two or three cups of vinegar to your bath water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes to relieve itching.
5. Milk and Honey
Mix honey and milk thoroughly and apply it to the dry itchy skin for 5 minutes. Milk has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces itching. On the other hand, honey moisturizes your skin and keeps it hydrated.
6. Essential Oils
You can also use some good anti-inflammatory oils with soothing properties to relieve itching. These oils can be added directly to your bath water or applied onto your skin. Following are some good essential oils that are known for treating itching skin and provide essential benefits to your skin: Lavender oil, Agrimony oil, Bay leaf oil, Palm oil, Basil oil, Calendula oil, Neem oil, Chamomile oil, Peppermint oil, Chickweed oil, Rosemary oil, Clove oil, Thyme oil, Geranium oil, Jewelweed oil, Nettle oil, etc.
7. Oil Therapy
Oils are indeed a good solution to instantly moisturize your skin and get rid of itchiness. You can simply rub on any oil - be it olive, almond, coconut or sesame oil and gently massage on to your arms, legs, and the entire body before heading to shower. It’s better if you heat it a bit and then apply for better results. After the shower, you can use a light moisturizer or sunscreen to protect your skin from further drying.
8. Coconut Oil
Apply coconut oil to the spots where you feel your skin is dry and leave it overnight to work its magic. Another way is to soak up in the lukewarm bath until your fingers shrivel, as it indicates your skin is fully hydrated. Now pat your skin dry but slightly damp. Apply a thick layer of coconut oil on the body and go off to sleep. You will notice soft, moisturized, and supple skin in the next morning.
9. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is one easy home remedy that can be directly applied to your itching skin. But don’t use it if you’ve been scratching your skin and it's bruised or sore.
10. Coconut Milk
It is another good remedy to not just combat dryness, but also to reduce dark spots and blemishes. You can rub it in your face and body and leave it overnight for faster results.