Everyone who has eczema, psoriasis or urticaria has experienced the burning, uncontrollable and completely overwhelming urge to itch!
After having beehives, I woke up in the middle of the night and ready to tear my skin off.
While itching can be one of the worst things you can do for your skin – if you are in this place and your skin is on fire, it can be almost impossible to stop yourself.
We now know what causes itchy skin (read here for the scientific part), but unfortunately that knowledge doesn't help alleviate the problem. A good old scratch – apart from a temporary relief – actually worsens the itching considerably in the long run.
Prolonged scratching leads to the breakdown of the skin barrier, increases irritation and inflammation and makes the skin susceptible to infections. When eczema becomes infected, the spots appear redder and itch more uncomfortable and uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to soothe deteriorated skin and minimize scratches. Here are my top tips to relieve itching:
Avoid synthetic substances
There are some substances that make it itch immediately – polyester, nylon and viscose are some of the worst offenders.
Try to stick to natural cotton, silk, or linen fibers. If your skin is particularly itchy, it is a good idea to keep your clothes loose too.
An ice pack, a cool smooth stone or a cold flannel can take away the “heat” from an itch. Hold it over particularly itchy areas for a minute and take a deep breath as the skin cools and the urge to scratch subsides.
Keeping bath temperatures at bay
We all love warm soaking, but irritated skin reacts poorly to excessively hot baths or showers. Keep it as cool as possible, you will notice a difference immediately.
Avoid scratches caused by sleep.
Many people unwittingly scratch at night. Waking up and realizing that you have continued to irritate your skin can be very stressful. If this is a problem, you should wear thin cotton gloves while you sleep.
As a bonus, apply your hand cream beforehand and you will enjoy wonderfully soft hands the next day!
Keep it hydrated
Your skin barrier is weaker when it is dry or dehydrated. So keep the area well hydrated and use soothing products for additional relief.
Our dermatologically tested Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream is ideal for treating skin diseases such as eczema. Its easily absorbed vegetable oils and butter provide an intense boost of moisture that soothes and regenerates the aggravated skin.
Maximize Air Quality
Hot, stuffy rooms can make sensitive skin particularly moist and itchy. I firmly believe that windows stay slightly open all year round. A well-ventilated room ensures that you feel cool and calm.
You can also consider buying a humidifier. which can sometimes help the skin recover.
Break the itching habit
If you have eczema or itchy skin, scratching can become more of a habit than anything else – something you do when you are stressed or tired without realizing it.
If that sounds like you, try scratching something else so that you can fulfill your urge without affecting your skin. Palpable fabrics that cannot be damaged are ideal. try scratching the armrest of the sofa for relief!
Do you have tips for dealing with itchy skin? If so, please share your scratch stopper!