Itchiness, also called pruritus, is a general sensation that occurs due to a particular trigger in your skin cells and nerves. This can be in response to a bug landing on or biting your skin, for example, and the urge to itch that you feel serves as a protective mechanism to remove the source of the uncomfortable sensation and its potential harm to your skin. But while itchiness serves an important purpose, chronic itching can be a difficult condition to deal with and is most likely a symptom of an underlying problem.
Here is an overview of the skin mechanisms behind an itch, as well as some of the possible causes of chronically itchy, dry skin and how to find relief.
What Causes an Itch?
There are a large variety of factors that can trigger an itchy sensation, but almost all of them stem from inflammation or damage to the skin’s outer protective barrier. This inflammation or dryness activates special cells called C-fibers within your skin, which work similarly to the C-fibers that convey a painful sensation. The fibers associated with pruritus, however, only trigger your body to scratch or rub the area and do not cause pain. Instead, you experience the feeling of itchiness (Scientific American).
In the case of a bug bite or other isolated cause of an itch, your rubbing or scratching can be enough to remove the source of the problem and protect your skin from further damage. However, if you feel the urge to constantly scratch your skin, you could end up causing more damage. This is what tends to happen with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis. In these instances, scratching only temporarily relieves your symptoms, but does not resolve the underlying inflammation or weakened skin barrier.
What to Do about Itchy Skin
While there are several topical and oral medications that can help to inhibit itchiness, these do not generally treat the source of the problem, but rather mask the symptoms. If your skin constantly feels itchy, dry, and flaky, you need to supply it with the nutrients it needs to repair itself and seal in moisture in order to combat a chronic itch.
One of the most effective ways you can do this is to stop using skincare products that contain drying or irritating ingredients and, instead, apply a moisturizer that can gently rehydrate, nourish, and protect your skin. To do this, vitamins A, C, and E may help to promote the skin’s natural oil production, provide free radical protection, and improve the barrier function of the skin (Livestrong).
Eksem Moisturizing Body Cream is a light, non-greasy, fast-acting formula that contains essential micronutrients to help fortify the skin and relieve itching, dryness, and flaking while remaining gentle on the skin. If you can’t seem to find a product that effectively calms and soothes itchy, dry skin, give Eksem a try!
How Has Eksem Helped People with Itchy Skin Conditions?
Many men and women have already found amazing relief from itchy skin conditions thanks to Eksem Moisturizing Body Cream. One customer, Gina, had suffered with “terrible itching and redness” associated with eczema for years before finally finding Eksem. Here’s what she had to say:
“I have had eczema for 30 years, and it has been primarily on my legs. The very worst of the condition has been horrible itching, most notably through the night. With the consistent itch, my sleep was regularly interrupted, perhaps the worst side effect of this disease. Nothing has ever touched the itching, and though I have tried not to scratch, I simply cannot help it. The result of scratching is that the redness deepens, cracks, and ultimately leaves a scar.
“A friend told me about Eksem and I started using it right away. Almost immediately, the itching subsided. Immediate means the first day! I applied the cream 3 to 5 times per day for the first week as my friend suggested, and then reduced to 2 to 3 times per day. All of my symptoms quickly subsided, and then disappeared. I still apply to avoid the return of eczema, and I credit this with keeping me symptom-free! Symptom-free from eczema for the first time in 30 years!
“I heard about the new $37,000 per year drug for eczema. Once I got my mind past the price, then the side-effects, it takes 12 weeks to work. Eksem gave me immediate relief, so why bother? I still have my scars to remind me of how things used to be before Eksem. I’m glad those days are gone.”
About the Authors
William Goolsbee has spent his career in Life Sciences including leading roles in drug development in immunology and genetic medicine. Recent senior positions include Chairman of the Board at Sarepta Therapeutics and Founder and CEO at Metrodora Therapeutics.
Dr. Gil Price
Gil Price M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at the Propharma Group, where he provides medical supervision for all clinical trials. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, where he oversaw safety monitoring for drugs in clinical development. Dr. Price also served as the Director of Clinical Development at Medimmune Oncology and Director of Medical Affairs at Glaxo.