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Home Remedy For Skin Allergy Itching: Ingredients To Try

Home Remedy For Skin Allergy Itching: Ingredients To Try

Itchiness due to allergy can be annoying and uncomfortable. Good thing there are various natural remedies to reduce the intensity of itching. If you’re looking for a home remedy for skin allergy itching, consider the following ingredients.

Natural Ingredients For Itching

Itching, medically known as pruritus, can happen due to a variety of reasons. In some cases, it occurs due to insect bites; sometimes, they happen after coming in contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction.

Itching triggered by skin disease or another medical condition requires treatment from a doctor. For mild cases, you can try these natural ingredients as a home remedy for skin allergy itching.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera might be able to relieve irritation and itching due to its cooling effect.

This natural remedy is also useful for moisturizing the skin, stimulating cell growth, and preventing further irritation that might develop into infection.

You can buy products that contain aloe vera in the form of a gel or cream. Alternatively, you can take the gel directly from the plant. To use aloe vera, simply apply the product to the affected area.

2. Gotu Kola

Centella asiatica or gotu kola is an herbal plant belonging to the parsley family. According to animal studies, this plant can be used as an anti-itch remedy because it contains anti-allergic, antipruritic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

These properties make gotu kola a good ingredient for many skin care products. However, we still need more studies to determine whether gotu kola is safe to use orally or topically as a home remedy for skin allergy itching.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has active compounds that can relieve inflammation of the skin. Its antioxidant content can ward off free radicals, protecting skin cells from damage.

Lauric acid in coconut oil can also help kill the bacteria that cause itching.

Not only that, but coconut oil is also a great skin moisturizer, especially for people with allergies who tend to have dry skin. Note that individuals with dry skin are more prone to severe skin allergy symptoms.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can also be a home remedy for skin allergy itching because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Besides itching, tea tree oil can also help with other skin problems, like nail fungus, acne, insect bites, and athlete’s foot.

Note that you cannot use tea tree oil if you have eczema. Furthermore, check if you need to dilute the oil with other oils or moisturizer before use.

5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal also has potential as a home remedy for skin allergy itching thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Both of these properties work to treat itchy, dry, and rough skin.

Oatmeal is also beneficial for repairing skin that is often affected by allergies. It is also humectant, which means it can help moisturize the skin.

Please keep in mind that for the skin, experts recommend colloidal, which is usually whole oats ground into fine powder.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint is very suitable as a home remedy for skin allergy itching because of its soothing properties. Since it’s not a common plant to have at home, most would get it in the form of essential oils.

To get the benefits, mix peppermint leaf oil with a moisturizer that you usually use as an itching remedy. Do not apply the oil directly to sore or itchy skin because it can trigger a burning sensation.

What To Know Before Choosing A Natural Itching Remedy

A home remedy for skin allergy itching made from the ingredients we discussed above are generally safe. But since not everyone is suitable for using natural remedies, consider doing a patch test first. Likewise, check in with your doctor before using any product, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Also, please remember you cannot depend on natural remedies if your itching doesn’t improve or you have other skin issues. In these cases, seeking medical help should be a priority.

Learn more about Skin Health here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Lin, T. K., Zhong, L., & Santiago, J. L. (2017). Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. International journal of molecular sciences, 19(1), 70. Accessed November 20, 2020.

Gao, Y.-Y., Xu, D., Huang, li-J., Wang, R., & Tseng, S. C. G. (2012). Treatment of Ocular Itching Associated With Ocular Demodicosis by 5% Tea Tree Oil Ointment. Cornea, 31(1), 14–17. Accessed November 20, 2020

Elsaie, L., El Mohsen, A., Ibrahim, I., Mohey-Eddin, M., & Elsaie, M. (2016). Effectiveness of topical peppermint oil on symptomatic treatment of chronic pruritus.Clinical, Cosmetic And Investigational Dermatology, Volume 9, 333-338. Accessed November 20, 2020.

Oatmeal. (2011). DermNet NZ,  https://dermnetnz.org/topics/oatmeal/, Accessed November 20, 2020.

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Tea Tree Oil, https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-tea-tree-oil/art-20364246, Accessed December 2, 2021

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Written by Hello Sehat Updated Dec 02, 2021
Fact Checked by Lorraine Bunag, R.N.