As those who suffer from dry, itchy skin know all-too-well, the discomfort, irritation and pain of constantly feeling itchy can, at times, feel unbearable. And while the physical irritation is bad, perhaps the worst part is the mental anguish that those with dry, itchy skin often experience. Because the itch is so persistent, their skin always seems to be on the top of their minds, interrupting their thoughts and distracting them from their everyday tasks. Of course, the self-conscious feelings and the potential embarrassment of constantly scratching compiles upon the other concerns and issues.
If you have never experienced dry, itchy skin, you have almost certainly experienced the similarly irritating experience of having a mosquito bite. While dry, itchy skin is very different from a bug bite, the resulting feeling of persistent itchiness is similar. As you certainly know from a mosquito bite, if not from dry itchy skin, the satisfying feeling of scratching the itch actually causes the irritation to become worse! Sometimes the only satisfying experience is to scratch the itch, but doing so is actually prolonging and worsening the irritation. This is perhaps the greatest challenge with dry, itchy skin. Scratching the skin causes inflammation, which results in blood rushing to the area and causing more swelling and irritation. So, scratching that itch can actually worsen skin’s functioning. This is the start of a very challenging situation for the dry, itchy skin sufferer.