Have you been struggling with itchy skin lately? Then you have come to the right place. Skin itching and irritation is not an independent problem. It leads to rashes redness and scars when you scratch your skin severely. There can however be many reasons why your skin is itching; which include dryness, allergy, reaction to a certain ingredient, product or medicine, internal diseases or environmental aggressors. Whatever the reason may be, itching skin can be extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing and can really bring your skin health down. It also messes up your skin big time giving you bumps, blisters and marks all over your body. So, it is important to treat itchy skin in time before it becomes a serious skin problem.

But how exactly do you get relief from itching skin? While staying away from skin irritants like hot water, fragrances and synthetic fibres can help, you also need to pamper your skin with natural skin soothers. You can find these wonder ingredients sitting in your pantry. Yes, you can employ natural ingredients to get rid of skin itching and soothe and heal the skin.

Read on to know 7 home remedies for itching skin that you can trust and get your itchy skin to turn healthy and better in no time...

Oatmeal bath
 

Oatmeal bath

Healthy Oatmeal has moisturising properties and thus helps quench the flaky and dry skin and hydrate it. Plus, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthramides in it soothe itchiness and irritation and it further helps in reducing the intensity of itching. It creates a protective barrier on the skin and locks in the moisture.

For this you need:

  • Oatmeal
  • Water

If you are experiencing itchy skin due to extreme dryness or weather change, try taking an oatmeal bath. Grind half a cup of oatmeal into a fine powder and mix it in your bathing water. Soak in the oatmeal bath water for at least 10 minutes and rinse with clean water. Follow up with a rich moisturiser. Do this daily until your skin is free of irritation and is soft and smooth. You can also apply the oatmeal paste (oatmeal powder and water) on the specific rash area to heal it faster. 

Neem
 

Neem

Neem leaves have been known as a skin healer and have been used in the form of oil and paste since centuries for skin issues like acne, burns and itching. Neem can not only cure serious skin woes like eczema and pruritus and relieve itching, rash and redness caused by them. The anti-inflammatory compounds nimbidin, nimbin and quercetin are strong antimicrobial agents that make this therapeutic herb the best ingredient for skin irritation and it is therefore used in many skin care products.

For this you need:

  • Neem leaves/neem oil

To make the best use of neem’s medicinal properties, boil 4-5 leaves for 15 minutes and add this water to your bath water every alternate day. The other way to use neem to itch-proof your skin is to treat your skin with neem oil before going to bed every night. The itching gets worse at night as your skin gets in touch with fibres of your blankets and sheets. Applying neem oil will keep calm the itching skin at night.  

Peppermint essential oil
 

Peppermint essential oil

Mint leaves have cooling properties which help ease the pain, irritation and itching. Itching caused by hives, bed bugs, mosquitoes, poison ivy and diabetes and diseases related to kidney and liver can be treated with topical use of peppermint oil. It has major content of menthol which possesses anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic properties. It helps numb the pain and itching and also soothes inflammation and irritation on the skin.

For this you need:

Dilute peppermint oil in a carrier oil of your choice like coconut oil, which also works wonders for itchy skin. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in it. Mix well and apply it to the affected area and leave it to be absorbed by the skin. Do this every day in the morning after bath and before sleeping for the best results.

Cold compress
 

Cold compress

The best way to treat itching is to cool off the inflamed and burning skin with a cold compress. It calms and reduces itching, numbs pain and helps with redness and skin rashes too. The cooling sensation of ice gives instant relief from itching skin as the cool temperature reduces inflammation and numbs skin for a while. Ice has anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties and thus it works best for sunburn itch and rash. 

For this you need:

  • Ice pack

Take an ice pack and keep it on the irritated skin for five to ten minutes. You can also rub an ice cube on the itchy skin for the same results. Remove the ice pack after some time and follow up with a generous amount of moisturiser so it doesn’t dry out your skin. Do this whenever you feel itching and discomfort for quick relief.  

Honey
 

Honey

You know honey as a natural moisturiser and a skin-loving ingredient. But did you know it could relieve your skin from severe itching too? That’s right. Rubbing organic honey onto the skin moisturises dry skin and curbs itching and irritation. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties present in it are the reason why honey is a trusted ingredient for irritated and itching skin. It also prevents skin infections and rash and leaves your skin hydrated and soft.

For this you need:

Heat some honey as required and add extra virgin olive oil into it in a bowl. Apply this warm mixture onto the skin areas that feel itchy. Leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with water. Repeat this twice daily for severe itching and once a day if you have to experience moderate itching.  

Aloe vera
 

Aloe vera

Filled with skin benefits, aloe vera is a magic spell for your irritated skin. You might have noticed this ingredient in many skin-soothing lotions. That is because it has Vitamin E and antifungal properties that help calm the inflamed skin. It is an excellent ingredient to use in summer as it treats heat rash and cysts and other skin issues like atopic dermatitis. For sensitive skin too, aloe vera works best as it is mild and gentle and eliminates skin irritation.

For this you need:

  • Aloe vera gel

Cut an aloe vera leaf into half and scrape the gel out of it. Apply this freshly extracted gel directly onto the affected areas and let it absorb into the skin. You can wash it off after 10-15 minutes. Do this twice a day to provide moisture to the skin and prevent itchiness.

Apple cider vinegar
 

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and enzymes which help balance the pH level of your skin thus curbing the itch. When diluted with water, it can help treat and soothe itching, irritation and rash and prevent infections too, thanks to the antimicrobial properties present in it.

For this you need:

You can add a cup of apple cider vinegar in your bath water and soak in it for 10 minutes. Or you can dilute it by mixing equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and dab it on the itchy skin. Remember to not put it on bleeding or wounded the skin. Wash off after a while and moisturise well for an itch free, healthy skin.