In our article on chronic itch, we discussed just how serious of an issue itchy skin can be. Many people suffer greatly from this problem and are looking for things they can do at home to help. Here is a list of 5 simple, natural, and affordable DIY treatments for itchy skin. A few of these things are already in your cupboard, and if not, can easily be purchased at your local grocery store or health food store.
Aloe vera is a good treatment option for chronic itch as it’s convenient for daily use. It has a soothing effect on skin, so it’s effective in treating itchy skin that is caused by irritation or rashes. You can buy a natural, unscented aloe vera gel, or you can get the gel directly from the actual plant, and then you can apply it to your skin just after you shower and dry off. It’s light enough to wear throughout the day, and it’s a great moisturizer so it treats dry skin as well as skin itch.
Baking soda can be used to treat itchy skin in two ways:
1. If your skin itch is a small area, you can make a paste to apply to the area by mixing the baking soda with water. Just stir together in a bowl until the consistency is smooth enough to spread and to be absorbed, but still thick enough stay in place. Lemon juice can be added for an extra antiseptic affect.
2. If you’re suffering from all over skin itch, you can pour baking soda into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and is an antiseptic, so it targets problems that cause itchy skin such as bacteria and fungus. To treat your skin, get a raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and apply it to where your skin itch originates. Apple cider vinegar has a strong smell, so it’s best to apply at night before bed, and to shower thoroughly to completely remove the scent.
Oatmeal baths are great for treating rashes and allergic skin reactions as oatmeal blocks inflammatory compounds and histamines. Just pour powdered, colloidal oatmeal into a warm water bath and soak. The oatmeal proteins soothe, heal, and protect your skin.
Coconut oil is another good daily use treatment for chronic itch issues. It’s hydrating and has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects. If used right out of the shower and given time to dry, some people wear it throughout the day as it has a nice scent. However, if applied too heavily it can be too greasy so it can also be applied at night before bed instead.