What Causes Itchy Skin

What Causes Itchy Skin?

Be it itchy legs, or just itchy skin in general we've got causes & treatments to help.

What causes itchy skin?

Itchy skin can be caused by a multitude of things so we've highlighted possible causes:

  • Allergies: Preservatives, chemicals that produce fragrances or those used to colour or thicken cosmetic products can often cause allergic reactions, as well as certain materials such as wool or polyester. Even hay fever can cause you to have itchy skin depending how severe your allergy.
  • Shaving: When you shave as a form of hair removal, you can get micro-lesions in your skin which can easily become inflamed if your skin is not used to shaving. If you're using a dull razor, sometimes the hair can twist and get stuck under the skin, causing ingrown hairs which can cause itchy skin. Itchy legs post shave? It’s possible that your clothes are rubbing against your sensitive skin causing soreness and redness.
  • Perspiration: Particularly in your underarm areas as well as your more intimate areas, build-up of sweat during the day can cause bacteria to thrive in the damp conditions, causing itchy skin. Additionally, when sweat sticks to your clothes it creates the perfect conditions for chafing to add insult to injury.

Dry or Sensitive Skin: – The cold and hostile winter can cause your skin to become dehydrated and if the moisture is not replaced. Scaly, flaky skin can appear around your face or body which can turn into itchy skin if left in poor condition. The heat can also dehydrate your skin through water loss as you sweat more to regulate your core temperature. Sensitive skin can occur after shaving, as well as after handling cleaning chemicals which can also dry out the skin.
Skin conditions: e.g. eczema or psoriasis - eczema can cause patches of the skin to become dry, itchy and sore while psoriasis creates flaky, red, patches of skin due to the skin cells trying to rapidly replace themselves in a short amount of time (usually 3 – 7 days) instead of gradually (3 – 4 weeks).

Treating itchy skin

Common symptoms that come with having itchy skin are your skin becoming red, dry and sore, which makes it even more important for you to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated to help combat this itchy skin as well as providing your skin with an extra layer of protection. Try our range of products specially designed for sensitive skin and formulated to soothe your skin with 0% perfume and 0% alcohol to avoid reactions from your skin and dehydration.

  • 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. Often remedies can be sourced at your local pharmacy for the best treatment once diagnosed or you can be given a prescription to help.
  • Reduce your bath or shower time and decrease the temperature from hot water to lukewarm water so as to not dry out your skin. Find out the perfect shower routine from our experts. 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 Sensitive Shower Cream which contains chamomile extract which has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as being hypoallergenic. 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.

  • 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.
  • 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. Post shave? Slather on some NIVEA Men Sensitive Daily Skin & Stubble Lotion which instantly relieves itchy skin from stubble while being perfect as a daily moisturiser, stubble softener or as an after-shave salve.
  • 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. Our NIVEA Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream SPF15 and NIVEA Daily Essentials Sensitive Day Cream SPF15 both provide light daily protection without having to worry about slathering a thick layer on your skin that can feel heavy and greasy. However, 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 Sensitive Immediate Protect Lotion SPF 30 is perfect with Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil which soothe itchy skin and reduce redness in your skin, while our UV Face range is features SPF 30 to 50+ which is perfect for protecting your face from most UV radiation while keeping your face hydrated throughout the day. We recommend reapplying sunscreen every few hours to fortify your sun protection.