How To Prevent Itchy Skin


Itchy skin can simply be due to overly dry skin, your clothes, diet, perfume, showering habits or from an underlying condition like an allergy. If do suffer from itchy skin, there are a few things you can do to prevent and treat it. If you are concerned that your itchy skin or rash is due to a serious condition, it’s important to get an accurate assessment from a health care professional. Seeing a doctor is particularly important if you are experiencing itchy skin with no rash present.

Once you’ve figured out the cause of your irritated skin avoiding that product or habit is generally the most effective treatment. However, if you notice your itchy skin is reoccurring, it’s important to see a dermatologist who can give you an accurate assessment and treatment advice.


When itchy skin strikes, there are a few key things you can do to minimise your discomfort and treat your itchy skin:

Change Clothes:

Abrasive clothing can be the issue. Try to wear loose clothing that aren't made of synthetics such as cotton which soft on your skin and won't irritate it like other materials such as wool.


Reduce your Bath Time:

Reduce your bath/shower time and decrease the temperature from hot water to lukewarm water to not dry out your skin. Find out the perfect shower routine from our experts. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers as they can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause your skin to dry out. We recommend that if your skin is sensitive to chemicals used in bath and shower products to change to a sensitive, fragrance-free shower gel or body wash such as the NIVEA Rich Moisture Soft Shower Cream which contains almond oil. You should also try our NIVEA Men Sensitive Shower Gel which contains bamboo extract which heals and nourishes the skin as well as being rich in natural compounds such as amino acids which helps to shield the skin from environmental damage.


Don’t Forget to Moisturise:

Keep a healthy balance of moisture for your skin by using a moisturising lotion daily. If you're suffering from itchy legs due to razor burn, try the NIVEA Men Sensitive Shaving Gel which lubricates your skin and facial hair to provide the perfect glide. We recommend using shaving gel over foam if you have itchy skin as it tends to be a thicker consistency which provides a better layer of protection for your skin.


Use Sun Cream:

Protection against the elements is essential and we recommend that you use sun cream throughout the year because no matter the season, UV radiation finds its way to your skin, causing it to dry out and prematurely age. It is recommended that you typically use SPF 30 as the minimum as it blocks out 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. Our NIVEA Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream SPF30 provides daily protection without having to worry about slathering a thick layer on your skin that can feel heavy and greasy. We also recommend reapplying sunscreen every few hours to fortify your sun protection.


Professional Advice:

Medical skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis are best looked at by a medical professional, so if your itchy skin could be caused by this we recommend booking an appointment to consult a medical professional such as a GP or dermatologist. Apart from our 5 Ways to Stop Itchy Skin, prevention is always the best method. Don’t scratch your skin because scratching only aggravates the skin, which can cause it to become even itchier. Balance your diet and add foods like fish and flaxseeds to your diet to help stop itchy skin and try to reduce stress. Most importantly, continue with good habits tips even after your itchiness has subsided, so you can avoid it flaring up again in the future.

Use sunscreen