Understand everything about itchy skin
The feeling of itchy skin is very unpleasant. This is called itching or pruritus. This is a symptom of an underlying skin problem. What are the causes of itching? How to relieve them effectively? We will explain everything to you.
Itchy skin is common. They are characterized by a feeling of itchy skin and an overwhelming urge to scratch to relieve the tingling. This is a very annoying symptom on a daily basis because the constant scratching to relieve them can make the problem worse by irritating the skin. Fortunately, there are solutions to get rid of itching, but before that it is important to find the origin of the itching.
What are the causes of itching?
Several factors can explain the appearance of itchy skin. The cause of the problem depends on the intensity of the itching but also on its location (specific area or spread over the whole body) and whether or not other symptoms visible on the skin are present.
Itching and tightness that set in over time and become disabling on a daily basis are most often linked to dry skin. Skin that lacks water and lipids itches and feels tight! Poor internal and external hydration, the application of inappropriate, poorly nourishing treatments, or even the cold and the sun are risk factors for dry skin. Certain areas of the body are particularly prone to itching associated with dry skin: the hands, feet and lips.
But that’s not all, other factors promote the appearance of itchy skin. We think of certain conditions such as psoriasis ou the keratose pilaire. Psoriasis is a disease that causes red patches in certain areas of the body with patches of white skin. These inflammatory lesions which evolve in flare-ups are accompanied by severe itching.
Keratosis pilaris is a genetic disease in which the symptoms are small flesh-colored or red pimples on fair skin, and brown in color on black skin. They are most often localized on the arms, thighs, buttocks or face. Harmless and painless, these pimples can be itchy. You should know that dry skin is more prone to keratosis pilaris.
Finally, other more or less serious pathologies can cause itching and skin dryness (the diabetes, for an cancer, the liver or kidney disease). This is why skin care suitable for dry, even very dry skin, is strongly recommended for people who suffer from it.
Itching can also have a psychological origin. We know that stress and anxiety can trigger or worsen itchy skin.
How to relieve itchy skin?
When pruritus is a symptom of dry skin and is accompanied by tightness, a routine adapted to dry skin can be put in place to remedy this. The Eucerin brand, specialist in dermo-cosmetic care, offers a daily routine in three steps with clinically proven effectiveness: