Itching is a common sign of sensitive skin
Many people have sensitive skin and reports are that it's on the rise. If you know the signs of sensitive skin, you will be able to determine the triggers and understand how to avoid the frustration of the various symptoms, to avoid the condition from getting worse.
Itchy skin makes you want to itch the area, which will make it worse and even result in bleeding. Also known as pruritus, the most common cause is dry sensitive skin. When your skin comes into contact with an irritant, the area that itches may appear normal, red, rough or bumpy.
There is a process of how itchy skin starts. Whatever the cause, your immune system wants to keep your body safe, so it will release histamines. Histamines are chemicals produced by the body to help your immune system respond to an irritant. They are known as a neurotransmitter, or the body's chemical messengers. The interaction of histamine with certain receptors are responsible for hives, itching and swelling.
When you come into contact with an irritant, your immune system sees it as a threat and responds. Histamines start the process to get rid of the irritant. The symptoms and signs triggered by histamines include dryness, itching, tearing and sneezing, depending on the part of the body affected.
As your immune system starts the chain reaction to keep you safe, it sends chemical signals to cells called 'mast cells' in your skin to release histamines. Mast cells are also found in lungs, nose, mouth, gut and blood.
As histamines are released, they increase blood flow in the area where your body is affected, resulting in inflammation. Histamines then rest at special areas called receptors, while other chemical processes go to work.
The reason you may be told to take antihistamines is to stop the signs and symptoms of the trigger.
Causes of Itchy Skin
The causes of itchy skin may include:
- Very dry skin
- Ingredients in certain daily used products
- Reaction to certain drugs, for example, narcotic pain medications
- Illness such liver disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, multiple myeloma
Treatment for Itchy Skin
No matter what the cause, it's important to use gentle personal care products that are void of ingredients known to be common irritants. Your doctor may also suggest medicated over-the-counter creams or ointments along with prescription creams or ointments.
How Cleure Can Help
Cleure for sensitive skin include a variety of personal care products, including, hair, skin, body and oral care. They are formulated with ingredients with intention to be free of common irritating ingredients. Our entire line of gentle and effective products are meant to help prevent or minimize flare-ups and help skin what it needs to become healthy. Cleure products are recommended by dermatologists and made in the USA.