For many people, itchy skin is a real problem, especially during the colder months. For eczema sufferers this can be very severe and the so called itch scratch cycle is very difficult to break. In order for the skin to heal it’s important to use an anti-bacterial cleansing product to combat the itch and kill the bacteria. There is no point applying creams to uncleansed itchy skin.
There are several small things one can do to make a big difference.
- Invest in a glass nail file and file fingernails daily. This gives the nails smooth edges making them less likely to damage the skin when scratching.
- Clean the finger nails daily with a clean nail brush and anti-bacterial soap. This reduces the risk of re-infecting the skin when scratching.
- Find a moisturizer which is not a barrier product to allow the skin to breathe. The skin is a living breathing organ (our largest) and should not be suffocated.
- Use the moisturizer little and often throughout the day and night. It’s much more practical, more efficient and cost effective. It also allows the skin to absorb the product more fully, improving condition with greater efficiency.
- The dust mite aggravates the skin. Hang your duvet on the washing line for a couple of hours daily (weather permitting). You can then vacuum the mattress and leave the bed to air.
- Special sheets and pillowcases can be found to help reduce the aggravation. Always use special cotton wear for sleeping and wash frequently with an appropriate detergent.
- Wash bed linen at 60 degrees or above at least once a week using a gentle non biological powder as bleach irritates the skin. Rinse twice.
- Sleep with an open window and reduce the temperature in the room at night.
- Have your night cream on the table next to your bed to apply whenever the skin is itchy as an alternative to scratching.
It’s amazing how much of a difference following these tips can make to improve and heal itchy, dry skin conditions over time. Please do let me know if they help. Please also feel free to share your own tips for dealing with these irritating skin problems as I’d love to hear about what works for you.
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