3 Ways To Relieve Itchy Skin

itchy skinItchy skin can be the result of a wide variety of different causes, ranging from a mosquito bite to an allergic reaction. Regardless of the cause behind it, however, itchy skin can be excruciating, distracting, et cetera. Scratching your skin can result in additional irritation, scarring, and more, depending on the underlying cause. This is why relieving itchy skin as soon as possible is essential! Here are three simple and effective ways to do just that.

Baking Soda

If you are looking for a simple home remedy, such as if you have just gotten a bunch of mosquito bites, baking soda is your best bet. It soothes your skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties and reduces intense itching because of its role as a natural acid neutralizer.

You can harness its power in two ways: in a bath or as a paste. For a bath, add one cup of baking soda to a tub full of cool water. Stir it well and soak in the water for roughly 30 minutes. Instead of rubbing your skin to dry, pat it.

If you are suffering from localized itching, such as a mosquito bite, mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water to make a paste. Gently apply the paste to the itchy skin. Leave it on for roughly ten minutes before rinsing. Repeat once daily until the itching subsides.

Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is oats ground into a fine powder. This powder contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve the itch and soothe your skin. You can make the colloidal oatmeal yourself and add roughly two cups to a lukewarm bath or create a paste by adding a small amount of water to one cup of the oatmeal and leaving it until it thickens. If you choose the bath, soak for about 20 minutes and pat yourself dry. With the paste, you should apply it your itchy skin, cover it with a cloth, and leave it on for 30 minutes.

If you don’t want to make colloidal oatmeal at home, you can also look for some hand creams, body lotions, and shower gels that contain colloidal oatmeal. These will also help relieve your itching.

Cool Water

Yes, cool water helps! Run yourself a cool bath or hop into a cool shower. You can also create your own cool compress to apply for localized itching, using ice packs, or cloth soaked in cool water. You may also want to put any lotions or creams in the fridge for 30 minutes in order to cool them down to double their effectiveness.

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