Itchy Skin Home Remedies

Itchy skin (pruritis) is a common symptom of many diseases, including diabetes and dermatitis (skin inflammation). With all the talk of essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s) as anti-inflammatory agents, the research should be focused on using some of these topically to moisturize skin and reduce itching. 

Conventional topical acne treatments can control this condition. Taking pills (supplements or prescriptions) for it isn’t as effective because the medicinal contents might not make their way to the affected part of the skin.

What is Itchy skin?

Itchy skin is an uncomfortable, irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch. Also known as pruritus (proo-RIE-tus), itchy skin is often caused by dry skin. It’s common in older adults, as skin tends to become drier with age.

Depending on the cause of your itchiness, your skin may appear normal, red, rough or bumpy. Repeated scratching can cause raised thick areas of skin that might bleed or become infected.

Many people find relief with self-care measures such as moisturizing daily, using gentle cleansers and bathing with lukewarm water. Long-term relief requires identifying and treating the cause of itchy skin. Common treatments are medicated creams, moist dressings and oral anti-itch medicines.

Itchy Skin Home Remedies

1. Chia seeds and omega-3s and 6s

Chia seeds have the highest known concentration of plant omega-3 fatty acids in the world! Although you normally eat chia seeds, researchers are currently testing a 4 percent chia seed topical oil that is showing early benefits. Dietary oral supplementation with omega-3s, such as fish oil, or omega-6s, such as evening primrose, has provided some modest benefit in studies and is worth a try as well.

2. Slather on oats

Colloidal oatmeal has historically been used to treat itching and skin irritation because it soothes inflammation. It’s available over the counter, and there’s minimal risk to trying it.

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