Your skin is crawling. There’s an almost uncontrollable urge to grate your nails across that irritating itch. Maybe you’ve managed to hold off until now. A little itching couldn’t hurt, could it? Or maybe you’ve already scratched your way to a rash. No doubt about it, itching is an annoying habit at best and an aggravating obsession at worst. It’s bad for your skin and probably bad for your sanity. In the interest of saving you some needless exasperation, here are some tips to help you finally learn how to stop itching so damn much.
1) If you’re finding yourself particularly itchy after trips to the local swimming pool, chlorine may be to blame. Chlorine is a chemical which acts as a disinfectant to kill bacteria in pools. It reacts with the molecules that make up your skin, which are susceptible to reacting with chlorine. Chlorine reacts with the nitrogen atoms in these molecules to make chloramines. Over time, it also strips your skin of its natural oils.Chlorine is very hard to wash off of your hair and skin. Chlorine bonds to your hair and skin and stays there. This can cause your skin to dry out and crack. Have you ever run into someone who smelled like chlorine? Even hours after leaving the pool and showering, the chlorine smell sticks to you because you’re actually still covered in chlorine. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you could even develop an itchy rash from the chlorine exposure. If you’re an avid swimmer,this probably isn’t the news you want to hear. But there are some ways to minimize the effects of chlorine on your skin. As soon as you get out of the pool, take a shower to wash off the chlorine. If you let the chlorine stay on your skin after getting out of the pool then your skin is more likely to dry out and become irritated. You can also combat the effects of skin dryness by moisturizing after your showers.
2) Want to know how to stop itching? Take a look around your house. Household detergents and cleaners are proven skin irritants. You’re exposing your skin to harsh chemicals when you wash your dishes, clothes or whatever else. All-purpose cleaners, dish detergents, laundry detergent, window cleaners, furniture polish, fabric dryer sheets, and so on are all common causes of skin irritation, also known as contact dermatitis.You can limit your direct skin exposure to these chemicals by wearing rubber gloves while you clean and taking care not to make direct contact with your skin. The alternative could be red, inflamed, and itchy skin so cover up!
3) Over the course of a year, the average adult can shed up to a whole pound of skin. Nasty little creatures known as dust mites feed on those skin flakes. They live in your pillowcases, bed sheets, carpets and even your clothes. Simply put, a dust mite problem will lead to excessive itching. The best ways to avoid and get rid of dust mites are to maintain a clean household. You should regularly vacuum floors and carpets. You can also kill dust mites by washing your bedding in hot water once a week. Dust mites can still survive cold water washes.
4) Nobody is truly safe from the menace of dry skin. Even the oiliest skin can get dried out if not properly taken care of. Dry skin often starts itching, cracking and is prone to inflammation. Extremely dry skin is medically referred to as Dermatitis. It can be caused by allergies, genetics, coming into contact with chemicals, or even from producing too much oil. There is no escape from the horror of dry skin. Well, actually there are a few things you can do. First and foremost – moisturize. Dry skin is a signal from your body. It’s desperate for moisture.Think of your skin like a person lost in a barren desert, and your moisturizer as the oasis of hydration that they need to survive. It may seem obvious, but the key to dry skin is to simple make it less… dry. You can do that by moisturizing with a hydrating lotion or cream immediately after a shower. You should also avoid things that can dry you out. For example, products with harsh chemicals. Instead, opt for natural alternatives that are made up of ingredients which agree with your skin.
Chlorine, household cleaning products, dust mites and dry skin are just a few things that cause itchy skin. If you find that your symptoms don’t improve after trying these tips, you may have eczema or a similar skin disorder.