Addressing The Itchy Skin Elephant In The Room

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Dealing with skin irritation sucks. It’s pretty annoying and can actually be painful at times. People with itchy skin often try and hide this issue. In fact, I’ve been in rooms where you can tell some are just dying to itch and scratch their skin. Things get even worse during the summer.

The issue here is that many people don’t address things properly. They simply think that their itchy skin is going to fix itself. I hate to break the news but it’s definitely not going to happen like that. Sure, it would be amazing if that was the case, but it’s unfortunately not. If you want to treat the ailments that you’re dealing with then you need to read this article from top to bottom. Time to address the elephant in the room and take back our skin.

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Itchy Skin Can Be Fixed, It Starts Here…

So, while you likely thought I was going to come at you with some super exciting magical or miracle product, I’m not. However, I am going to give you some specific instructions on things to look into if you’re dealing with itchy skin. There are a few things that you need to check as I know for a fact they may be part of the issue.

Here are some questions that need to be answered if we want to determine the issue with your itchy skin.

Are you taking any new medication?

Did you know that new medications are often the culprit and cause for people’s itchy skin? Most of the time when the issue is associated with medicines it’s an allergic reaction of some sort that causes the issue. I don’t care whether your taking OTCs, herbals, prescriptions, it doesn’t really matter. They can all cause rashes, redness and dry, blotchy skin to occur.

My advice would be to take notes on when you start taking new medications. Even if you start weeks ago, it can still be the culprit and reason why you’ve got itchy skin. If it is the medication, you can try and incorporate antihistamines, steroid creams and what not, but nothing is a substitute for eliminating the medicine causing your itchy skin issues.

Are you eating strange foods?

If you’re trying new foods or any of those which many consider exotic, then you may develop raised, itchy skin. The typical process is that you begin to have an itchy mouth and lips, then eventually your skin begins to feel itchy as well.

If you’re curious which types of exotic foods commonly cause these issues to occur, well, it’s often those that have allergens. For example, the kiwifruit is often associated with allergies. If you come across this type of issue, then take some antihistamines and see what happens. Your itchiness will most likely subside and you’ll eventually be in a better place, itchy skin wises that is.

Are you wearing sunscreen?

Did you know that there are chemicals in sunscreens that are commonly associated with skin irritation? If you’re already a victim of damaged skin and eczema, then you need to be careful which sunscreens you work into your daily regimen. Lots of people find that they are allergic to an ingredient called benzophenone and when applying sunscreen with this ingredient, they develop a very itchy rash.

Once this happens, it’s wise to pop an antihistamine and lay off the specific sunscreen for the time being. Instead, opt for something that’s safe for kids and even babies, that way you don’t have itchy issues.

Is it just the heat?

We’ve got to rule out the prickly heat factor here. When you overheat, you typically develop extremely itchy skin. The best way to avoid this issue is to prevent friction from occurring. The other thing you’ll want to do is keep your skin dry and free from fungus. This prickly heat rash will develop and when it does, it will be red and most of the time it will be accompanied by a musty smell. Be sure to keep all areas of your skin dry and apply antifungal cream where necessary.

What about a typical skin condition flare up?

Your itchy skin just might be the result of an ongoing condition that you’re dealing with. Eczema and psoriasis can cause itchy skin and prickly heat, so keep that in mind if you start to develop an uncomfortable itchy condition.

Well, now you know what to look for, what to do to sniff out the issue, and that you’ve got a support system to turn to if you cannot find the answer. Just reach out to our team!

Addressing The Itchy Skin Elephant In The Room
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Gina V.

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Gina is a self-taught skin care enthusiast with 10 years of experience in cosmetology. Her quest for perfect skin allows us to share many of her experiences here on this site and on our YouTube channel.

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