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The Importance of Calming the Skin

How To Soothe Irritated Skin

What NOT TO DO If Your Skin Is Irritated

How to relieve itchy skin

Tips to help prevent itching: recommended by dermatologists

What’s The Cause?

There could be a few things that's causing your skin to misbehave.  

Oftentimes, products containing benzoyl peroxide  and too many acidic products such as  beta-hydroxy acid may be useful in the treatment of  acne, however they  can also be irritating for people with sensitive skin.

Irritated skin could also be caused by an underlying problem, such as eczema, or an allergy; Excessive exfoliation may also be the guilty party. Also, don’t forget lack of moisture during the winter season can also lead to skin irritation. Whatever may be the cause, we want solace. We want our skin to behave and feel calm. 

When our skin starts acting up, we often start our own home remedy or we hit the pharmacy in search of a solution. I think one of my best solutions when my skin starts acting up is to just let it be. We should start by not doing all the things we are used to doing twice. Don’t over-wash, over-exfoliate, overused any aloe products. And if you must wash, do so moderately and exfoliate with a soft washcloth. Stay away from any acidic product, such as lemon juice  and don’t use baking soda. Whatever you are used to, just do it less. Give your skin a break to breathe.

Everyone gets an itch once in a while. I for one itch during winter my skin becomes an alcoholic, it is never satisfy with how much moisturizer I apply to it. No matter how much I moisturize, my skin always thirsts for more and more moisture. Although there are many reasons for itchy skin. One could be the result of a skin condition, such as eczema, shingles, hives, or psoriasis, or it could be a sign of something contagious or simply and allergic reaction to your soap or laundry detergent. Whatever the cause, we have some tips below for you to help you combat the itchiness. 

  • Apply a cold damp cloth or bag of ice to itchy skin. You can do this for about five or so, until the itching lessens.

  • Take an oatmeal bath. This is a very soothing and relieving bath, especially if one has chickenpox, hives, poison ivy or sunburn.

  • Moisturize your skin and it is best to choose a moisturizer without additives and fragrances.

  • Apply itch protectant cream, such as menthol or calamine. 

 To help prevent itching  these ares some tips below:

  • You can start by limiting your washing to 10 minutes. Wash with warm, not hot water. 

 

  • We love a good scented soap or lotion, but try to avoid using scented lotions, soaps and laundry detergents to minimize irritation. And keep an eye out for products labeled "fragrance free" because they may actually have chemicals that can upset your skin.

  • Wear loose cotton clothes. Anything that is too tight on the skin is bound to cause friction, hence, looser is better. Wool and other rough textured fabrics can irritate the skin and cause intense itching.

  • Avoid extreme temperature changes. Keep a relatively humid and neutral environment in your home. Use a humidifier in winter if you are prone to dry skin and eczema.

  • Reduce stress because stress can aggravate your itching. 

If your itch does not go away with home treatment, consult a licensed dermatologist. Some of us have more than one reason to scratch and a doctor can surely work with you to find the cause and help relieve your itching.

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