10 Home Remedies for Itching Skin (2023)

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There's a long list of things that can cause your skin to itch. When it does, there's a good chance it's because of one or more of the following: Eczema, psoriasis, anemia, thyroid issues, insect bites, poison ivy and even healing cuts and burns. Instead of scratching, try one of these home remedies for itching skin to get relief.

Wikipedia defines “itch” as “a sensation felt on an area of skin that causes a person to desire to scratch.

I remember when I was a child, my grandmother told me to “rub, don't scratch, an itch.” It turns out she knew what she was talking about. Broken skin provides an opening where all kinds of nasty things like germs, bacteria, and fungi can enter and make us sick.

If you have itchy skin, scratching may relieve the discomfort temporarily, but repeated scratching can cause raised and thickened patches that bleed or become infected. So “rub, don't scratch” is good advice.

Table of Contents

1 10 Home Remedies for Itching Skin

2 1. Take an Oatmeal Bath

3 2. Aloe Vera

4 3. Witch Hazel

5 4. Mint

6 5. Baking Soda

7 6. Cool Compress

8 7. Apple Cider Vinegar

9 8. Basil

10 9. Lemon Oil

11 10. Thyme

12 *POSTSCRIPT

10 Home Remedies for Itching Skin

1. Take an Oatmeal Bath

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Colloidal oatmeal is made from oats that have been ground into a fine powder. Many soaps and lotions on the market contain colloidal oatmeal. It can also be added to your bath water to help relieve itchiness.

According toHealthline, research indicates that colloidal oatmeal is safe to use and relieves itchiness from a variety of causes.

To make an oatmeal bath, put one cup of colloidal oatmeal into your warm bath water. Use lukewarm water for your bath. Hot water might feel good on your skin, but it can make your skin even itchier later.

Soak in the oatmeal bath for 15 to 20 minutes to get itch relief. Many pharmacies sell colloidal oatmeal. Or, you can make your own by using a blender or food processor to grind oats into a very fine powder.

2.Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is a succulent plant with thick, fleshy leaves containing a clear gel. Aloe vera has been utilized to treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis, mosquito bites, sunburns, burns, and rashes for centuries.

Aloe vera possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve itchiness. Aloe vera is also a good moisturizer.

You can buy an aloe plant at your local nursery. Pluck one leaf from the plant, and cut it open lengthwise from top to bottom. Remove the gel contained inside, and rub it directly onto the affected skin.

3. Witch Hazel

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An effective home remedy for itchy skin is witch hazel. Witch hazel is produced from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub that grows in North America.

Witch hazel possesses anti-inflammatory properties that may relieve itchiness.

Witch hazel is generally considered safe to use topically. If you have sensitive skin, apply a little witch hazel to an area of your skin, and wait 12 hours to see if any irritation occurs.

Dilute some witch hazel extract with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, and apply it directly to the affected area. Leave it on your skin for 30 minutes before you rinse it off. Witch hazel is also used as a sebaceous cyst home treatment.

4. Mint

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Mint contains menthol, which is useful in fighting itchiness. Mint also provides anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Place two tablespoons of dried mint leaves into a pan containing 16 ounces of boiling water. Cover the pan, and allow the solution to cool. Use a clean cotton ball to apply the solution to the itchy skin. Save the rest in a jar.

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5.Baking Soda

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Baking soda contains anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing to the skin. There are a couple of ways in which you can use baking soda to relieve itchiness.

To relieve all-over itchy skin, add one-half to one cup of baking soda to a warm bath. Allow the baking soda to dissolve in the water before you get into the tub. Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes to get itch relief.

If you have an area of itchy skin, you can treat it with a baking soda paste.

Mix three parts water and one part baking soda together in a clean dish. Use a clean cotton ball to dab the paste onto your itchy skin. Allow it to dry on your skin, and rinse it off later with lukewarm water.

Placing a cool, wet cloth or ice pack on the affected area can relieve itching. That's because itchiness and cold sensations run along the same nerve fibers in your body. According to MedicineNet, placing something cold on your skin, “jams the circuit,” providing relief from itchiness.

Leave the cool, wet cloth or ice pack on for five to 10 minutes or until you get relief from the itchiness. You can do this several times a day. If you use an ice pack, always wrap it in a thin cloth, such as a dish towel to prevent damage to your skin.

Never place an ice pack directly on your skin.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar's antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties make it one of the best remedies for itching skin. Apple cider vinegar is acetic and may help restore your skin's natural acidity, which can be stripped away by harsh cleansers.

Add two to three cups of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bath. Soak in the tub for 15 to 30 minutes to relieve itching. When you're done, pat yourself dry with a clean towel, and use a moisturizer on your skin.

You can treat localized itching with diluted apple cider vinegar. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water, and use a clean cotton ball to dab the mixture directly onto your itchy skin. Leave the mixture on for half an hour before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

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8. Basil

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Basil possesses a substance called eugenol. Eugenol numbs the nerve endings that cause itchiness.

Put one tablespoon of dried basil leaves into a pan containing 16 ounces of boiling water. Cover the pan, and allow the leaves to boil for five minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before you use a clean cotton ball to apply the solution to your itchy skin.

Save the remaining solution in a jar. You can use this solution as often as you need to for itch relief.

9. Lemon Oil

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Lemon essential oil possesses antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Lemon essential oil can relieve itching and soothe your skin.

Dilute 20 drops of lemon essential oil in 3.5 ounces of carrier oil, such as cocoa butter, olive, or grapeseed oil.

Pour the mixture into a bottle, and allow it to sit for four days before using a clean cotton ball to dab some of the mixture onto the itchy skin. You can also add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your bath to get relief from itchiness.

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Thyme acts as a numbing agent and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

Put one tablespoon of dried thyme leaves into a pan containing 16 ounces of boiling water. Cover the pan, and allow the thyme leaves to boil for a few minutes before taking the pan off the stove and allowing the solution to cool. Once it's cool, use a clean cotton ball to apply the solution to the itchy skin. Save the rest of the solution in a jar for later.

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Itchy skin has many causes, and it can make you feel rather uncomfortable. The next time you experience itchiness, try one of these home remedies for itching skin to get relief.

*POSTSCRIPT

Last April I had a persistent rash that was, well… PERSISTENT. 🙂 It started on the backs of my hands, then spread to my arms and finally my legs. I tried many of the home remedies here, and they all worked for a while. But, no matter what I tried, I could only get relief for a day or so. Oh, and did I mention the desire to scratch was intense?

I couldn't sleep, could barely work, or concentrate on much, so I went to my doctor who ran tests and narrowed things down to an allergic reaction cause by chemical compounds in the hand cream I was using. He then prescribed a steroid cream which I never filled at the pharmacy.

Instead, I immediately I stopped exposing myself to all personal care products with toxic chemicals. Nothing worked to stop the immediate itching… Until I found this! I highly recommend it if you have any kind of itching issues.

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  1. Wow these are some great suggestions. My skin during the winter gets dry and itchy, so I’ve been trying to find ways to stop it.

    I will be trying a few of your methods next winter and see how it works out.

    Out of all these methods, which one is your favorite?

    Thanks again.

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    • My favorite method is the one that works, Michael. 🙂 But a bath withColloidal oatmeal is pretty sweet! Take Care

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  2. Oghhh, I wish I had found this article sooner! There was a time where I’d get a yearly rash at the beginning of every summer. On my legs. Always used to start with a small itch that progressively grew and intensified until it reached unpandabearableness! Ice helped, but I really wish I had thought of trying some of these home remedies that you have suggested. Thanks so much for the great information!

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    • You’re welcome!

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  3. Good information was shared, thanks for this.

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    • Thank you for the acknowledgment! So glad it was useful for you and for taking the time to let us know! 🙂

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FAQs

How do I permanently stop itching? ›

How to relieve itchy skin
  1. Apply cool treatments. Apply a cold compress or a wet washcloth to small areas of skin that may be itchy due to a rash, bug bite, or burn. ...
  2. Take an oatmeal bath for additional relief. ...
  3. Apply moisturizer to damp skin. ...
  4. Consider combination therapies for chronic itchy skin.

What naturally stops itchy skin? ›

The American Academy of Dermatology suggest that a good way to relieve itchy skin is to apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the affected area for 5–10 minutes. Cooling helps reduce inflammation that may be contributing to the itch. Another option is to keep moisturizing creams and lotions in the refrigerator.

What to drink to stop itching? ›

Water is great for your health in many ways, including itch relief. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated from the inside out and flushes out toxins that can cause irritation. Remember, caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and can worsen itching.

What is the reason of itching in whole body? ›

Itching on the whole body might be a symptom of an underlying illness, such as liver disease, kidney disease, anemia, diabetes, thyroid problems, multiple myeloma or lymphoma. Nerve disorders. Examples include multiple sclerosis, pinched nerves and shingles (herpes zoster). Psychiatric conditions.

What is the strongest anti itch medication? ›

"As far as over the counter itch creams go, hydrocortisone 1% is a workhorse," says dermatologist Susan Bard, MD. Dr. Hayag also recommends Cortizone-10 and says that it can be used up to twice a day, but warns not to use it for an extended period of time because it's a steroid.

What causes itching at night? ›

Circadian rhythm

In the evening, the body releases more heat, and blood flow to the skin increases, which may contribute to nighttime itching. In addition, skin loses water at night, resulting in dryness that can make you itchy.

Why do I keep itching at night? ›

Your body temperature and blood flow naturally increase during the night to keep you warm. This rise in heat against the surface of the skin can cause you to feel itchy.

Can sugar make you itch? ›

Dry, itchy skin

High blood sugar (glucose) can cause this. If you have a skin infection or poor circulation, these could also contribute to dry, itchy skin.

Can stress cause itching? ›

Not only is itch associated with greater anxiety, but stress has also be shown to exacerbate itch, leading to a true itch-anxiety cycle. Many chronic itch patients report that psychological stress is a factor that aggravates their itch.

Is Vaseline good for itchy skin? ›

Petroleum jelly may help your skin and the medicines you take work better. It can ease inflammation and keep your skin moist. This can help you itch and scratch less. To get the most out of your petroleum jelly, use it on your skin when it's damp.

What cancers cause itching? ›

The types of cancers that were most commonly associated with itching included:
  • blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
  • bile duct cancer.
  • gallbladder cancer.
  • liver cancer.
  • skin cancer.

When should I be worried about itchy skin? ›

Dry skin is usually responsible for generalised ('whole-body') itching. However, if your skin isn't dry and the itch is all over your body, this could be a sign of a systemic underlying problem and so is worth getting checked by your GP, certainly if it lasts for longer than 2 weeks or keeps coming back.

Which infection causes itching all over the body? ›

Common causes of itching

parasitic infestations – such as scabies. insect bites and stings. fungal infections – such as athlete's foot or vaginal thrush.

What fruits make you itch? ›

Citrus Fruits

Citrus allergies commonly result in the skin, mouth, tongue, and lips itching. Citrus, like tomatoes, is associated with OAS and grass pollen, in particular. They can also cause contact-based skin reactions in some people.

Can coffee cause itching? ›

Symptoms of a caffeine allergy include: itchy skin. hives. swelling of the throat or tongue.

What drink helps dry skin? ›

Every day, make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of fluids, which include beverages such as tea, milk, and coffee. Your skin will also thank you if you eat a diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E.

Is Vaseline good for itchy skin? ›

Petroleum jelly may help your skin and the medicines you take work better. It can ease inflammation and keep your skin moist. This can help you itch and scratch less. To get the most out of your petroleum jelly, use it on your skin when it's damp.

Can baking soda stop itching? ›

Baking soda can soothe the inflamed skin and reduce irritation and itching. Soaking in a lukewarm tub with ½ to 1 cup of baking soda may help reduce symptoms. Adding oatmeal to the bath can also ease itching.

Why is my skin so itchy at night? ›

At night, the body releases more cytokines, which are immune system proteins that create inflammation. This can cause itching or make itching worse. At the same time, the body's production of corticosteroids, which tame inflammation, declines.

Why do I itch at night? ›

Your body temperature and blood flow naturally increase during the night to keep you warm. This rise in heat against the surface of the skin can cause you to feel itchy.

Which infection causes itching all over the body? ›

Infectious causes of itching include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), parasites (such as scabies, fleas, bedbugs, pinworms, and lice), and viral rashes.

Can Aloe Vera relieve itching? ›

The water and enzymes contained in aloe vera can help moisturize your skin and reduce flakiness and itchiness.

Why does my skin itch when I put on lotion? ›

Contact dermatitis is another cause of all-over itching. You can get this condition after your skin comes in contact with something that irritates it, such as a strong laundry soap or a body lotion. You might feel itchy in only a few parts of your body.

How do you make baking soda paste for itching? ›

A paste of baking soda and water may help alleviate the itching caused by bug bites. To make a paste, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Apply to your bug bite and let sit for up to 10 minutes before washing the paste off your skin.

Can I wash my private parts with baking soda? ›

Yes. Some people use baking soda as a vaginal wash. Just mix two teaspoons of baking soda in a mug of water and wash away. You can use it for the vaginal area, but avoid inserting the wash directly into the vaginal canal.

What does bathing in baking soda do? ›

Baking soda has cleansing and detoxifying properties that may help to purify your body and boost immunity. It can be combined with Epsom salt, sea salt, and ground ginger to make a detox bath. You can also add essential oils and other natural ingredients of your choice.

Which tablet is best for itching? ›

Medications that help relieve itching include: Antihistamines (allergy pills): Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Claritin (loratadine), Clarinex (desloratadine), Allegra (fexofenadine).

What cancers cause itching skin? ›

The types of cancers that were most commonly associated with itching included:
  • blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
  • bile duct cancer.
  • gallbladder cancer.
  • liver cancer.
  • skin cancer.

Can stress cause itching? ›

When anxiety kicks in, your body's stress response can go into overdrive. This can affect your nervous system and cause sensory symptoms like burning or itching of the skin, with or without visible signs. You can experience this sensation anywhere on your skin, including your arms, legs, face, and scalp.

When should I be worried about itchy skin? ›

Dry skin is usually responsible for generalised ('whole-body') itching. However, if your skin isn't dry and the itch is all over your body, this could be a sign of a systemic underlying problem and so is worth getting checked by your GP, certainly if it lasts for longer than 2 weeks or keeps coming back.

What part of the body itches with liver problems? ›

Symptoms of itching with liver disease

Itching associated with liver disease tends to be worse in the late evening and during the night. Some people may itch in one area, such as a limb, the soles of their feet, or the palms of their hands, while others experience an all-over itch.

What does diabetic itching feel like? ›

What does diabetes itching feel like? If you have diabetes, itching can be intense. It's an irritating feeling that makes it hard not to scratch, but scratching can make the itch worse. You can itch anywhere, but if you have nerve damage (neuropathy) associated with diabetes, your lower legs may itch.

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