Itching 101 - Pruritus
Why Is My Face Itchy??
1. Dry Skin
Genetics: People with a family history of skin issues, can develop conditions. These include atopic dermatitis, asthma, or allergies are more likely to
Environmental factors: Exposure to certain substances can trigger a reaction to an irritant. Fragrances, detergents, and soaps can all trigger eczema symptoms. Other environmental factors can also worsen symptoms. So it's best to avoid excessive temperature changes like going from a warm room to a cold one.
Immune system: People with the condition have a compromised skin barrier. This makes their skin more susceptible to infections. This can also lead to an overactive immune response, which can cause inflammation and itching.
Stop the itch: One of the most urgent goals is to get relief from itching. Using a fast-acting product like Dermeleve® is one of the quickest ways to stop itching in its tracks and stay gone for hours.
- Topical creams and ointments: These can help soothe the skin, reduce itching, and improve the skin's overall appearance. It's important to be aware of these products' ingredients. Common anti-inflammatory medications often include topical corticosteroids like hydrocortisone. These have proven to have dangerous long-term effects which can damage the skin. Finding a solution without topical steroids, like Dermeleve®, allows for safe, frequent, and long-term use.
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines can help relieve itching and improve sleep. This is by often by disrupting eczema symptoms.
- Moisturize: Moisturizing the skin is essential to help reduce itching and prevent dryness. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer. Apply it frequently throughout the day, especially after washing your face.
- Cool compresses: Applying a cool compress to the face can help soothe itching and reduce redness. Soak a clean cloth in cold water and wring it out before applying it to the face for a few minutes.
- Avoid triggers: Avoid certain substances such as fragrances, detergents, and soaps. They can trigger itching and worsen symptoms. Try to identify and avoid the substances that trigger your eczema.
- Avoid scratching: Scratching the skin may make the itching worse and can also cause damage to the skin. Try to resist the urge to scratch, and use a cold compress or moisturizer instead.
- Treat underlying causes: If the itching on your face is due to dry skin, it's essential to address the underlying cause. Use a gentle moisturizer and avoiding harsh soaps and detergents. If a rash accompanies the itching, it's important to see a dermatologist. They can determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate and effective treatment plan.
3. PsoriasisPsoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, and scaly. In some cases, psoriasis can also affect the face and may be causing red, scaly patches to develop on the skin. Psoriasis can be confused with eczema, but it is a different condition.Psoriasis on the face is characterized by red, scaly patches that are itchy and uncomfortable. The itching may be due to the dryness and flakiness of the skin. It can be especially pronounced in areas of the face that are frequently exposed to liquids like hard water or soap.
Redness and flushing: Rosacea causes redness and flushing, which can accompany a warm or burning sensation.
Visible blood vessels: It can cause the blood vessels on the face to become visible, making the skin look reddened and irritated.
Bumps and pimples: Small, red bumps and spots can appear on the face, which can be painful or itchy.
Swelling: Facial skin tends to become swollen, especially around the nose and eyes.
Blood vessel abnormalities: People with rosacea may have abnormally dilated blood vessels on the face. This can contribute to the redness and flushing associated with the condition.
Inflammation: Rosacea is an inflammatory condition, and it is thought that the immune system may play a role in its development.
Demodex mites: There is evidence that a type of mite that lives on the skin, called Demodex mites, may contribute to the development of rosacea.
Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes, such as menopause, may trigger or worsen rosacea.
Triggers: Certain things, such as sun exposure, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods, can trigger rosacea and worsen symptoms.
Stop the itch: There are a few things that you can do to stop an itchy face quickly. Using a cold compress to cool the skin or even just washing your face with cold water may provide relief when your face is itchy. One option you can take with you is a strong anti-itch cream like Dermeleve®. Keep a small tube of this in your backpack or handbag. That way, you can get quick relief from the itch on your face whenever and wherever your skin becomes itchy.
Moisturize: Keeping your skin hydrated is vital for managing rosacea. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to soothe and protect your skin.
Avoid triggers: Certain things, such as sun exposure, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods, can all trigger rosacea. Try to avoid these triggers as much as possible.
Visit a doctor or allergist: If your rosacea is severe or affecting your quality of life, you may need to see a doctor who can prescribe a treatment plan. Another option is to see an allergist who can provide insight into what causes an allergic reaction that causes an itchy face. Identifying and avoiding these allergies is often a significant step toward a life without a rash.
Wash with lukewarm water: Use lukewarm water and use products that are gentle and fragrance-free. This will allow you to avoid irritation when washing your face.
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can also cause skin redness and itching, so it's essential to ensure you get enough iron in your diet.
5. Allergic Skin Reactions
When To See A Doctor For Itching On the Face
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