Everyone loves a good moment of productivity, especially after a series of unwanted interruptions. Unfortunately, when you have itchy skin the interruptions never stop. Itchy skin has a broad spectrum of causes. In some instances, it can be attributed to bites, stings, or dry skin and in others, it can derive from a series of skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. In the earlier stages of itching it is usually a challenge to pinpoint a definitive cause for the discomfort. For these moments, we have compiled a list of liquid remedies that aim to bring effective relief. However, in cases where itchy skin continues overtime, it is best to consult a dermatologist immediately as there is a risk that it can be serious.
Water is a universal remedy and this remains true when it comes to itchy skin. Cool water functions as a soothing relief for itchy irritable skin. If you are able to, simply run cool water on the respective part of your body for as long as necessary. If you are in a more confined space, at work example, rub your skin with an ice cube or use an icepack to minimize the discomfort.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While the smell might not be the most appealing, apple cider vinegar contains anti-itching, anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties that will assist in alleviating your itch. Add two to three cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes. Simply pat dry and moisturize. You may have to repeat this daily for a few days to completely rid yourself of the itch. Again, if you’re in a more confined environment simply dab a generous amount of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball apply it to the affected area for 30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. You can use a little bit of tape or a Band-Aid to secure the cotton ball to your skin.
Lemon juice is a common resolution for itchy skin. Its citric and acetic acids contain anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that contribute to itch relief. Squeeze one to two lemons into a cup and apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball. When it dries (on its own) rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this method a few times to ensure relief.