Happy new month, beauties!
Today, I’ll be talking skincare. I do more makeup posts because I like to get my facts straight before I do a skincare post.
I decided on itchy skin because it’s something I experience myself. I’ll be sharing my experience, facts and advice on how best to deal with body itching.
I’d love to hear your opinions and thoughts on this issue(as it could be helpful to anyone reading this, including me!)
I have had body itching for as long as I can remember. When I was little, bathing was a nightmare. As my skin dried, it would start to itch and I had to scratch every itch. It was really frustrating and I had excoriations and sores where I’d scratched(they healed as black spots).
Now that I’m older, it’s not as bad(since I’m now more informed on how to deal with it).
So here I am..informing you!!😄
Facts About Itchy Skin
Itching is a skin irritation that causes the urge to scratch.
Itchy skin(or pruritus) has a variety of causes.
DISCLAIMER: If your skin suddenly starts to itch or your itching is associated with rashes, blisters, any other symptoms or is generally unbearable, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR! It could be a sign of an underlying medical illness.
I’ll be talking about itching caused by dry skin(which is the commonest cause of body itching). Dry skin is caused by lack of sufficient oils or moisture in the topmost layer of the skin, which makes your skin irritated making it itch. Itching causes scratching which can lead to an itch-scratch cycle because the scratching irritated the skin more, causing more itching.
Itching occurs commonly in dry weather and gets worse as you get older.
1. DON’T SCRATCH!
I learnt this the hard way after so many excoriation marks and dark spots. As I said earlier, it only makes the itching worse and can cause tiny sores; which can get infected. I usually resist the urge or tap lightly.
2. AVOID HOT SHOWERS!
3. HARSH SOAPS!
You know those soaps that leave you squeaky clean? They strip your skin of its natural moisture. Common culprits are antibacterial soaps(*whispers tetmosol*)
4. GO SOFT ON THE SPONGES
The friction makes your skin drier. Use your hands or a soft washcloth.(I’m working on this one, I promise!)
5. DONT TOWEL- DRY EXCESSIVELY
Same explanation as above. Towel/dry a little; enough to leave some moisture on your skin.
Take an oatmeal bath. Oats has itch- fighting properties. I even add it to my exfoliating scrub(Check out the recipe here).
8. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
Foods containing essential fatty acids(fish oil, for example) help to keep your skin hydrated. On the other hand, alcohol, caffeine and even stress tend to exacerbate it.
I hope this helps someone out there!
How do you handle your itchy skin..what works for you?? I’d totally love to hear from you!
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