Home Remedies and CBD to Soothe Itching and Burning Skin

5 remedies at home to treat burning and itching skin

Itching & Burning Skin Conditions

Itching and burning skin can be caused by so many things. There are a huge number of medical conditions that can cause this as a symptom. While irritated skin doesn’t always mean that you have a medical condition, persistent itching and burning can be a sign of something that needs treatment.

The most common of these medical conditions is atopic dermatitis, or eczema. This is a condition which involves the immune system believing it’s under attack mistakenly. In response to the perceived threat, it initiates a histamine response which causes intense itching and discomfort.

There’s no known cure for eczema so people who suffer from it are forced to grapple with their symptoms as best they can. There are also steps that patients can take to prevent, or at least reduce the frequency and severity of, flare-ups.

Thankfully, there are some good treatments available today, many of which are over the counter. There are also a number of home remedies which can really help to provide relief from eczema.

Skin that feels dry, itchy and as though it’s burning can also be a sign of an allergic reaction. Allergies are very common. In fact, it’s thought that allergies are the 6th most common chronic condition in the United States today.

Allergic inflammation can vary widely in severity so each patient is slightly different. People can be allergic to almost anything, and any number of things too. However, the most common allergies are:

  • Foods like dairy, eggs and nuts
  • Pet dander such as dog and cat hair
  • Insect bites such as bee stings
  • Plants such as poison ivy
  • Pollen
  • Latex

Other skin conditions which can cause itchy skin and burning sensations include scabies, psoriasis, lice, chicken pox and hives. No matter what the cause of the condition though, there are some home remedies that can really help to relieve symptoms and restore balance to your skin.

Useful Home Remedies For Irritated Skin

Here is a list of the 5 best remedies for irritated skin. Along with the list, there is information in relation to methods, how and why it can be used to treat itching and/or burning skin.

CBD Lotions
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While it doesn’t cause the euphoric “high” associated with the drug, it has been found to contain some impressive medicinal properties.

One of the properties which CBD is most celebrated for is its ability to regulate skin health. In fact, more CBD topical lotions and creams are entering the market now. Using one of these, or making your own DIY CBD lotions is a great way to soothe irritated facial skin in particular.

Ice Pack
Even the simplest of remedies can have big results. A simple home ice pack can cool burning skin and reduce itching rapidly. You can create an ice pack by literally wrapping a handful of ice in a cloth, or you can use a pack of frozen vegetables instead. Even a face towel soaked in some ice cold water and rung out can work wonders.

If you are someone who suffers from itching and burning skin regularly, why not keep a folded up cloth in your home freezer at all times. This means you’ll always have one to hand when you need instant relief.

Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal baths might sound strange, but they’re a well-known remedy for all forms of skin irritation. Traditionally used to treat chickenpox in small children, this remedy can significantly reduce the signs and symptoms of most skin conditions.

Simply add two cups of powdered raw oatmeal to a hot steamy bath. If you’ve got flaky oatmeal at home, you can quickly run it through a food processor to get the consistency right. Stir the power through the bath water until it’s thoroughly mixed in. Soak in the oatmeal bath for at least twenty minutes.

Aloe Vera Gel
Who hasn’t heard of the benefits of aloe vera gel on burned skin? This desert plant is famous for the highly medicinal gel contained inside its spiky leaves. This gel has been used for thousands of years to treat burns, wounds, rashes, and other skin complaints.

If you’re experiencing burning or itching skin, pure aloe vera gel could give enormous relief to the affected areas. There are countless aloe products that you can choose from too, if you’d rather not use the gel in pure form. Simply apply to the area of skin that’s causing trouble and wait for the side effects to kick in.

Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy and natural medicine since people existed. Harnessing the naturally occurring medicinal qualities of plants may have gone out of fashion with the advents of conventional pharmaceuticals, but their effects are as powerful today as ever.

Although there are over 90 different essential oils, each with their own qualities and uses, there are some which are particularly effective at soothing irritated skin. These include peppermint oil, lemon oil and lavender oil which all act as natural antihistamines.

There are so many conditions whose symptoms include itching and burning skin that if you’re experiencing these skin sensations it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. You may have a condition you’re not aware of or a skin infection that can be easily cleared.

However, if you are already aware of an existing condition and are on the hunt for some home remedies to help, the five listed above could make a real difference to your sensitive, dry skin.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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