If you suffer from dry, itchy, skin, then you know how frustrating it can be. All you want to do is scratch it, but that just makes the problem worse. Many people in my family, including my 2 year old little girl, suffer from irritated, dry, itchy skin. Here are a few home remedies that we have tried, that have really seemed to help.
What you will need:
* Anti-itch lotion or lotion with colloidal oatmeal
* Self Control to not scratch
What to do:
*The first step is to check with your doctor to make sure you don't have a serious skin condition that requires prescription creams or medicines. If you just have regular dry skin that seems to bother you more than you would like, then try these ideas.
It is great for dry skin. With my family, I put about a cup of oatmeal into an old sock and place the sock over the water faucet on the tub. Then, just turn the water on and let it run through the sock as the tub fills up. Make sure to use warm or lukewarm water in the bath, as opposed to hot water. The hot water will dry your skin out too much. Just soak in the oatmeal water and don't add any soaps, because they will dry skin out too. You can also grind the oatmeal up and add it directly to the bath.
It is essential to have at least one humidifier in your house. It is great to have them in your bedroom as well. When the air is dry, it makes your skin dry, and leads to itchiness. Keep your air more humid and your skin will thank you.
Add one can of evaporated milk to your warm bath. The milk really helps soothe dry, itchy skin.
*Lotion or Baby Oil
Apply a really good lotion or baby oil to your skin right after your bath to lock in moisture. Don't let your skin get too dry before putting it on. Just pat yourself dry and apply the lotion. A couple really good lotions are Aveeno with oatmeal, Eucerin fast absorbing, and Gold Bond. There are baby oil gels out too that are easy to apply.
Make sure you wear light, breathable pajamas to bed. You want to let your skin breathe.