Your Guide to Itchy Skin Relief

Do you suffer from itchy skin? It can have a big impact on your day-to-day life, but there are effective ways to tackle it. Let’s explore why it happens and the best ways to soothe and relieve your itchy skin.

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What causes itchy skin?

Itchy skin can be caused by many things, including irritation from harsh products or insect bites, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and even changes in the weather. If you’d like to learn more about eczema and how to manage it, explore A Beginner’s Guide to Eczema and our Cetaphil Restoraderm Eczema Regimen to learn more about how you can manage the symptoms of your condition.

Itchy skin gets worse when you scratch it because of the itch-scratch cycle. Scratching your skin releases chemicals that cause irritation and inflammation, which can lead to physical damage and an increased risk of infection. The released chemicals and the damage then increase the urge to scratch, creating the itch-scratch cycle.

Luckily, there are ways to help prevent this vicious cycle. 

Tips for Preventing Itchy Skin

To help prevent itchy skin, we need to stop the itch-scratch cycle and help prevent irritation. Here are some tips which can help:

Skin sensitivity is a major trigger for itchy skin. Avoiding very hot baths or showers can help to prevent skin irritation. The hot temperature can deplete your skin of essential oils, leaving it dry and more vulnerable.

If your skin is itchy, you should also avoid skincare products that contain fragrances or parabens. Instead, choose products designed for sensitive skin such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, which is clinically proven to be gentle on sensitive skin, fragrance-free, and paraben-free.

Clothing can affect itchy skin. The main culprits are fabrics such as wool, polyester, and nylon as they can cause sweating and overheating by not allowing the skin to breathe. The texture of your clothing can also cause itching - rough seams and threads can irritate your skin.

Wearing more breathable fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, and silk can help. Looser clothing which doesn’t restrict skin movement is also beneficial.

Some laundry products can also inflame your skin. Look for products that are made for sensitive skin. These are usually hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Nail care is very important to help prevent itchy skin. You should make sure that you keep your nails short and clean. This way, if you scratch, you’re less likely to damage your skin or introduce bacteria or irritants.

Dry skin can be a big trigger for itching. That’s why it’s essential to prevent dryness by keeping your skin moisturized. Consistently using a moisturizer not only helps to prevent dry skin but can also improve your skin’s barrier function, helping skin to become more resilient. It’s critical to be consistent with moisturizing your skin, so make it a part of your daily skincare routine

Explore Cetaphil moisturizers to find a product that suits your needs.

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Skincare Ingredients and Products for Itchy Skin Relief

If you suffer from itchy skin, you can help to break the itch-scratch cycle by using skincare products that contain soothing ingredients to provide itchy skin relief. Here are some recommended ingredients:

Colloidal oatmeal is produced from oats that have been blended into a fine powder. This natural ingredient can be effective in helping to soothe dry skin and relieve itchy skin.

Colloidal oatmeal can also help boost the skin’s ability to protect itself from irritants by strengthening the skin barrier.

Cetaphil Eczema Restoraderm Soothing Moisturizer contains 1% colloidal oatmeal skin protectant that instantly soothes skin and provides relief from itching. 

Filaggrin is an essential protein found naturally within the skin. It forms part of the skin’s defense against environmental irritants. Try Cetaphil Flare-Up Relief Body Wash which contains filaggrin technology to help repair your skin’s moisture barrier, and colloidal oatmeal to instantly soothe your skin. 

Soothing moisturizers can have a calming effect and help reduce itching. Explore the range of soothing Cetaphil moisturizers for eczema and Cetaphil moisturizers for irritated, cracked, chapped skin.

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The Bottom Line

Itchy skin is a common skin concern that can be difficult to tackle due to the itch-scratch cycle. If you work to eliminate triggers of itching by methods like altering your clothing choices and avoiding irritation, you can help prevent and relieve itchy skin. Look for gentle ingredients in your skincare products and don’t forget to use soothing moisturizers to provide instant and long-term itch relief.