|Do you have itchy skin? Do you want to get some relief? Of course you do! Are there products that can help with this problem? Yes there are! Read more to learn about the Best Bath Products for Itchy Skin and Other Helpful Products.|
Why Does My Skin Itch?
First, itchy skin or parts of your skin that itch may be caused by a variety of things.
There are the situations where you get an occasional itch from sunburn, poison ivy or a bug bite. These are certainly irritating, but not considered chronic. Other causes could be an allergic reaction or dry skin.
Chronic itchy skin is classified as an itch that lasts longer than six weeks. This situation can be very disruptive and agonzing. These could be skin conditions like eczema or shingles. Or they could be infectious diseases like ringworm or scabies.
It is best to see a doctor if your itchy skin persists. You may need a diagnosis and a prescription. Here is a great resource link from the American Academy of Dermatology which provides some good information.
But if you are only experiencing occasional itchiness, then these recommendations may help.
Easy Recommendations for Relieving Itchy Skin
The easiest and cheapest possible solutions are probably available to you right now! They are:
- Use a cold wet cloth or ice pack on the itchy area. Don’t leave on too long. The ice could damage your skin tissue. I leave it on for a few seconds, remove, then reapply. I have read that 10 minutes is the maximum time you should allow ice to be on your skin.
- Moisturizer with a lotion that has moisturizing properties. Avoid fragrances, as these can cause itching in certain individuals. Put the lotion in the refrigerator for a bit. The coolness will calm the itching.
- Apply a baking soda paste. Use one tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water, rub on irritation, let sit for 10 minutes, wash off.
- Calamine lotion is still highly recommended for skin irritations. Apply as directed.
Bathing Recommendations for Relieving Itchy Skin
Although it may be tempting to soak in a hot bath, the hot water will probably increase the itching. A warm bath is recommended in this case. Warm is considered to be about 98 degrees. Here are suggestions for making the bathtub a remedy for itchy skin.
- Add baking soda! Yes, just as it is helpful as a paste applied to the skin, it is also helpful in the tub. Add ¼ to ½ a cup to a warm bath and soak for 10 minutes.
- Make an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal has many soothing properties. You should grind about a cup in a food processor so it is very fine. Your goal is to have it mix with the water (to form a colloid), and not drop to the bottom of the tub. Soak in a warm bath for 10 minutes.
- Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment is a product you can purchase. The product contains only colloidal oatmeal! Which you can make with your food processor and oatmeal, as I stated above. But if you want to purchase it, here is a link. I receive a small referral fee if you purchase the product through this link.
- SheaMoisture African Black Soap Soothing Bath Powder is another recommended product. This product combines the colloidal oatmeal with shea butter, which is a wonderful moisturizing product. It also contains rice bran. Here’s the link for this product. It is a two pack purchase. 4.5 stars.
- Eczema Honey Oatmeal Comfort Bubble Bath. Don’t let the name fool you. It is a wonderful product that is made for sensitive skin conditions, and will help you feel less itchy and moisturized at the same time. Plus this has the benefit of bubbles, for those of us who are still children at heart. A great review by a satisfied customer, here. And that’s how you can purchase it. 5 stars.
Other Helpful Products
- Use Domeboro. This is a medicated powder that you can make into a soak by adding water. I have used it over the years, and it never fails to bring relief. Here’s a link to the product site. I do not have an affiliate relationship with this product, but highly recommend it.
- Another surprising home remedy that is cheap is vinegar. I have seen recommendations using both apple cider and white vinegar. Not only should it quiet the itching, but it is an antibacterial, so if you have open sores, it will help heal. It might sting though! Just dab some on a cotton ball and pat onto the itch.
- Have an aloe vera plant? Cut off part of a leaf, cut it open, and scrape the gel out. Apply to skin. Also has healing properties.
- After using any of these products, you may want to moisturize with a lotion. If so, use one without fragrances and added chemicals, which can dry out skin and cause more itching.
I am not a doctor. All these ideas I have posted are ones I have either researched or tried. If you are concerned about any product, try it on a small area of your skin before you use it more extensively. If you don’t have any adverse reactions, then it is probably safe for you to use. That is even true for baking soda! Some people are sensitive to it!
Otherwise, contact your doctor! Or a pharmacist.
And please be very safe when you bathe. I wrote an article on bathing safety. Click here to read it; How To Be Safe in the Bathtub.
Do you have other solutions? Or do you have questions? Please leave them below and I will do my best to get back to you with the answers.