Understand everything about itchy skin

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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:

  1. Cleanse the skin with the UreaRepair Cleansing Gel. Soft and restorative, this gel is suitable for dry to very dry skin. It contains 5% urea and lactate, molecules well tolerated by dry and sensitive skin, which maintain skin hydration by absorbing and retaining it easily. UreaRepair Cleansing Gel does not eliminate the skin’s natural protective barrier and soothes the discomfort caused by dry skin (itching and tightness). 
  2. Moisturize the skin with the UreaRepair PLUS body lotion 10% urea. This body milk is rich and easily penetrates the skin. It moisturizes and soothes very dry, rough and tight skin, thanks to the urea it contains. This emollient is also enriched with natural hydration factors, ceramide 3 to strengthen the natural protective barrier of the skin, and gluco-glycerol to ensure long-lasting hydration. 
  3. Moisturize the most sensitive areas. The itching associated with dry skin is often more intense in sensitive areas of the body such as the hands, feet and lips. This is why Eucerin offers specific treatments in its UreaRepair PLUS range: Foot Cream 10% Urea and the Hand Cream 5% urea.
    • The foot cream is suitable for dry to very dry feet, with or without a cracked heel. Thanks to its urea-based formula, the cream improves skin dryness, scaling, calluses, marks and calluses.
    • The hand cream intensely hydrates the skin more exposed to cold, water and soap than the rest of the body. It also relieves irritation and itching sensations

 

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