We get it. You are tired of scratching that spot on your arm (or leg, who knows!) again and again. Not only are you fed up, but the skin there is pretty bad too. There is redness, swelling, pain, and more itching-common results of scratching the itch away.

Wait, we have good news! Now you can take care of that itch without scratching it mindlessly (Well, you don’t take care of it this way, but whatever!). This article will tell you about the simple home remedies you can try to relieve itchy skin.

Let’s get started!

What Causes Itchy Skin?


Itching can arise due to an array of reasons. Most often, cold weather is responsible for dry and itchy skin. As the weather shifts from summer to winter, dry air causes your skin to dry, resulting in itching.

Some other causes of itchy skin are as follows:

• Skin conditions, such as eczema, hives, or psoriasis.
• Allergic reactions due to food, pollen, or insect bite.
• Contact with an irritant chemical.
• Foul cosmetic products.
• Contact with certain plants (for example, Poison ivy).
• Skin diseases, such as scabies or ringworm.
• Diseases like diabetes, shingles, etc.
• Side effects of certain medications.

5 Effective Home Remedies for Itchy Skin

Here is a list of natural remedies you can try to soothe your itching skin.

1. Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is an excellent remedy for itchy skin. According to a 2018 study, coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It can also fight off other pathogens and treat atopic dermatitis (a kind of eczema). Remember to use virgin coconut oil for the best results.

Another study suggested that the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect of coconut oil is great for treating dry and itchy skin. Moreover, coconut oil has improved penetration rate into the skin. Thus, it can increase the hydration and elasticity of the skin, fighting off the itch.

Safety Note!

Do a patch test first to check if you are allergic to coconut oil. In that case, refrain from using it.

2. Colloidal Oatmeal


Colloidal oatmeal can provide a protective barrier for the skin and retain moisture when dissolved in water. Thus, it reduces dryness and, consequently, relieves itching. Using colloidal oatmeal is fantastic for itching due to poison ivy, sunburn, or hives.

In a 2015 study, oatmeal relieved scaling, dryness, and itching in the skin of people with itching. It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for solving skin issues.

How To Use?

Use a moisturizing cream or lotion with colloidal oatmeal in it. Or, you can add a little amount of grounded powder in your bathtub and soak your body in it.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar


You must be thinking, ‘what’s vinegar supposed to do with relieving itch?’ ‘wouldn’t it do the opposite?’ but it’s not! Relieving itch is one of the best apple cider vinegar health benefits, especially in case of an insect bite. Applying a little ACV on the bite neutralizes pH and relieves the itch.

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which is antiseptic and antibacterial in nature. It treats dry skin and reduces the itching sensation. Dilute the vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio, and apply with a cotton ball on the affected skin. For best results, use apple cider vinegar with honey, as honey is also a significant itch-reliever.

4. Moisturizer


While it may sound like a no-brainer, moisturizing your skin has due importance.

Moisturizers draw a protective layer over the skin and lock in moisture. It removes dryness, increases hydration, and relieves itching.

The best practice is applying moisturizer within three to five minutes of a shower. It helps trap the water in the skin and hydrate it. Also, moisturize your hands and face after washing with water and before sleeping.

It is also essential which moisturizer you are using. For example, a moisturizer with ceramide (an ingredient well-known for treating eczema), high oil content, and emollients will be a better choice.

5. Wet Wrap Therapy


Wet wrap therapy includes wrapping a damp fabric in an itchy area. Soak gauze or surgical netting in water, wrap it around the itchy area and cover it with a dry one. It moisturizes skin, soothes the itch, and protects against scratching.

Wet wraps may also help in applying medication. You can apply the medication (anti-itch creams, topical steroids) on the skin, followed by the wet wrap. It increases the contact time of medicine, helping its absorption into the skin.

This therapy is particularly beneficial for small kids. Use it for a few days, and consult your doctor if the itching does not subside.

Last Thoughts!

Itching, in general, is not really dangerous, but it is quite irritating. You can try these natural remedies to counter seasonal itching. However, make sure to consult your doctor if your itch does not cure in a few days.