Itchy skin is one of the most uncomfortable feelings and a nuisance and itching only makes it worse. The irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch is known as pruritus. Dry skin can be the cause of itchy skin and can worsen the irritation and any existing itchiness. Although we may all experience dry, itchy skin from time to time, it is more common in older adults because skin tends to get drier as it matures.
If irritated skin is becoming common for you, it is important to avoid or replace some household items. It would be worth reviewing ingredients of these items for allergens or irritants like dyes and fragrances. Here is a list of products to check:
- Laundry detergent
- Wash cloths
- Baby wipes
- Antibacterial soap
- Shampoo, conditioner
- Fabric softeners
- Household cleaners
- Bug spray
If your skin is itching and you start to see redness, bumps, spots, blisters, cracked skin, or scaly skin you should start to moisturize the area immediately. Itching it can cause bleeding and more irritation which is why a good moisturizer will help prevent this from happening.
Please contact your doctor if the symptoms are:
- Lasting longer than two weeks and not improving with your self-care measures
- Distracts you from your daily activities
- Prevents you from sleeping through the night
Most times a lotion like Skin MD Shielding Lotion can help relieve the itchiness and irritation on your skin. Skin MD is formulated with aloe vera, vitamin E, arnica, chamomile, and many other botanicals to help restore the dry, irritated skin. Designed to be safe for even the most sensitive skin, it is free from common chemicals found in conventional lotions and is toxin-free. Using only the FDA’s most safe ingredients, you can feel confident that this lotion will relieve and repair your dry skin.
“A conventional lotion is not formulated to protect the skin like a Shielding Lotion does. Conventional lotions only add surface moisture to temporarily alleviate the dryness or itching. Shielding Lotions are an effective dry-skin treatment because they bond with the skin and protect it for long periods of time. With this protection in place your skin keeps its own moisture in and has a chance to use this natural moisture in the deep layers of the skin to heal itself,” states Dr. Lisa Benest, a board certified dermatologist of Burbank, CA.