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What’s Causing Your Itchy Skin? September 6, 2007

Posted by ashleysguide in Skincare.

Has your skin become itchy and you don’t know why? If so, here are some different things that might be causing it.

1) Your shampoo – If you are using a shampoo or shower gel made from detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, this could be causing your itchiness. These detergents lather well, but they can also dry your scalp or skin out to where you start itching. You might want to switch to a natural soap-based liquid or bar cleanser, or you could also try making your own cleansers yourself. Natural soaps are much easier on the skin because they are made from vegetable oils instead of petroleum derivatives.

2) Your laundry detergent – Many laundry detergents make your skin itch because they are made with harsh cleansers that sometimes leave residue on the clothes even after they are washed. The residue gets onto your skin when you put them on causing your skin to become irritated and itchy. Consider using a natural laundry powder which you can get at health food stores or make your own soap, grate it, and use it as a natural laundry powder.

3) Your food – Is your skin becoming itchy because of some foods you are eating? It’s very possible. Some foods that are commercially prepared contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. Consider changing your diet by eliminating one food item at a time and see if this helps.

4) Bacteria – If your skin has come into contact with a bacteria or fungus, like Athlete’s Foot, try applying tea tree oil, or a product containing tea tree oil to the spot that is irritated to help relieve this irritation.

5) Bug bites – Bug bites from mosquitoes and bees, along with many others often cause swelling and/or itching. For this, apply several drops of lavender essential oil on the bug bite itself to soothe the itching.



1. Lizzi - September 6, 2007

Love this article! Thanks for the advice!

2. Mary - September 6, 2007

Thanks for the tips Ash!

3. Christina - September 7, 2007

Hey I saw your site linked on the main page and thought I would comment. Good skin tips. 🙂


4. alexisrae - September 7, 2007

nice article!

5. Danielle - September 7, 2007

Thanks for this article. I always get really itchy skin in the winter time. I’ll be sure to watch out of these things if it happens again.

6. Kristin - September 17, 2007

Great article!

Skin can also become itchy from skin care products for acne because they dry up your skin which makes it itchy.

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