Natural Home Treatments for Dry iIchy Skin

There are many reasons why your skin might be dry and itchy.

3 purple cone flowers (echinacea)

POSSIBLE CAUSES

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothing
  • Dehydration
  • Diet
  • Dry air
  • Excessive makeup
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Hot showers
  • Inactivity (no exercise)
  • Medications
  • Soaps

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

If you have an underlying medical condition, that would determine your treatment. If you have dry skin because of diet or environmental factors, you can treat yourself.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

The best route to healthy skin is from the inside out. Start with a healthy diet. It is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

  • Avocados
  • Bone broth
  • Chia seeds
  • Colorful vegetables
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fatty fish from cold waters
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Oatmeal, steel-cut, slow cooking
  • Oranges
  • Pomegranates
  • Soy
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yogurt

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeine
  • Chemicals in water (drink pure water)
  • Chlorine
  • Dry cleaning chemicals on your clothing
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Food additives
  • Hairspray
  • Harsh laundry soaps
  • Processed foods
  • Smoking (will ravage your skin over time)
  • Sugar (damages collagen)
  • Trans fats

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Chamomile (internally and topically)
  • Dandelion
  • Echinacea
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea
  • Hibiscus
  • Jasmine
  • Kombucha
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Matcha
  • Peppermint
  • Pu-erh
  • Reishi
  • Rooibos
  • Rosehip
  • Spearmint
  • Valerian
  • White tea
  • Yellow tea
  • Yerba Maté (though it has a lot of caffeine)

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera
  • Borage
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary sage
  • Hot peppers
  • Lady’s mantle
  • Lemon balm
  • Marshmallow
  • Red clover
  • Turmeric

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically on your skin in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.) or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Carrot seed
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Rose geranium
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need. People with iron overload should not be taking iron supplements and the only way to know if you have overload is through a blood test.

HYDRATION

Drinking more water than you need for proper hydration will not improve your skin, but dehydration will wreak havoc on it. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise increases blood flow, which in turn nourishes your skin cells. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Your skin repairs itself at night, during sleep. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Whatever skin trouble you are prone to get, being stressed out is sure to bring it on. Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to keep mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Remove make-up at the end of the day,
  • Change your pillowcase often,
  • Use a humidifier in your room at night if needed,
  • You may feel less itchy in a cool house than an overly-warm house,

Bathing and washing

  • Use a pure organic oil on your skin (avocado, coconut, olive, jojoba),
  • Bathe in warm water for skin hydration,
  • Visit a mineral hot springs for bathing,
  • Colloidal oatmeal in your warm bath,
  • Use a super-fatted soap on your skin,
  • Use a sugar scrub in the shower. You can make your own with household products.
  • Soak a washcloth in milk and place it on your face (or other dry area) for several minutes. Use a fresh wet cloth to gently wash the area.
  • Use honey as a moisturizer.
  • Don’t use oils over 2 years old,

Topically

  • Apply your moisturizer to damp skin
  • Manuka honey from NZ to promote collagen protein production
  • Natural face masks can be made from food (avocados, pumpkin).
  • People have been using petroleum jelly for years to moisturize their skin but do a little research on the “dangers of using petroleum products.” While the most well-known and popular brand may have the contaminants removed, there may be other reasons to avoid the use of petroleum products, including the lack of environmental friendliness.
  • Tanamu oil as a topical healing agent
  • Yogurt if your skin itches

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

If you are doing all the right things to support your skin and it is still dry and itchy, talk to your doctor about underlying health conditions you might have.

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Good hygiene
  • Natural moisturizers and skin treatments

 

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