Why does dry skin itch?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 6:40am

Dry skin has exposed gaps in the barrier function, making nerve endings more exposed. When surface cells dry, they become more brittle and itchy. When the skin is scratched, these cells are removed and the skin becomes inflamed and can even become red and itchier!

Most skin itching can be controlled by the routine use of a good hydrating moisturizer. Some moisturizers contain anti-itch ingredients. For severely itchy skin, a product containing cortisone may be used. These should only be used for brief periods of time, and if the skin continues to itch severely, a dermatologist should be consulted.



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