Itching Caused by Eczema, Dry Skin, Psoriasis & Allergies: How to Stop it

How to Stop Itching

Have you ever had skin itchy so intense, you couldn’t think of anything but scratching it raw? If you suffer from eczema, then you’re probably most familiar with the feeling. However, if you’re not suffering from eczema, there can be several other reasons why your skin may be itchy. If you’re ever wondered how to stop itching your skin, then we’re here to help.

This blog post is dedicated to all things itchy! Learn how to stop itching today. Find out what other skin conditions can be causing itchy skin, as well as which products to avoid. Lastly, we’ll share some natural treatments that will ease your itchy skin and decrease scratching.

Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

What Causes Itchy Skin?

Dry Skin

Aside from more severe skin conditions, dry skin is usually the main factor that contributes to itching. Although there are many similarities between dry skin and eczema, there are several differences as well.

The biggest factor in determining whether you have eczema or just dry skin is understanding what may cause your itchy skin. Normally, dry skin occurs when the outer layers of skin become damaged due to the sun, exposure to water (especially chlorine) or dry air (especially with heating units in the winter) or ingredients in products that strip the skin of its natural moisture.

With dry skin, skin usually feels tight and stretched, but can be slightly flaky causing the skin to look a little white, gray or ashy.


After dry skin, this is the most common cause of itchy skin. With eczema, the itch can be nearly impossible to tolerate due to its intensity and frequency. Usually the skin will also be red and inflamed or thick and scaly or weeping and oozing. Eczema is usually chronic and is caused by stress, sensitivities to food, environmental or seasonal allergies and/or reactions to topical products.


Psoriasis, although sometimes incorrectly grouped with eczema, is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that is characterized by red, itchy and patches also known as scales. With psoriasis, cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin.


If your skin is constantly itchy and flaring up due to a reaction to a skin care or cleaning product, food or something in your environment, you may have allergies! Allergies can create hives, rashes and intense itching and can even trigger more chronic eczema if exposed to the allergen for long periods of time. When someone reacts to something topically only with the reaction only occurring on the skin, this is called contact dermatitis.

In order to know what might be causing the itch, there are a variety of tests you can do. First, if you think you might be suffering from a food allergy, it’s best to go see a doctor or naturopath that can help you find relief.

If you feel you might already be suffering from a food allergy or sensitivity, check out our post: How to Identify Your Reaction: Allergy vs. Sensitivity vs. Intolerance Defined.

There are also a variety of allergy tests you can carry out. For more information on those, check out our blog post: How to Know Which Food Allergy Test is Best For You? Or you can work with a physician to undergo an elimination diet.

If you happen to be experiencing allergies from the clothing you’re wearing, then you might have textile dermatitis. The best way to know if a certain material or fabric might be affecting you, would be to carry out a clothing elimination test, similar to how you would carry out an elimination diet.

To learn more about which materials can cause the most irritation, as well as how to run a clothing elimination test, check out our post: Your Guide to Textile Dermatitis: Latex Hypersensitivity & Polyester Allergy Explained.

How to stop itching, what products should you avoid?

Whether you are experiencing itchy skin due to dry skin, psoriasis, eczema or allergies, the following products should be avoided:

  • Artificially scented soap: You’d be surprised how certain added artificial fragrances and perfumes can irritate skin and are best avoided. Essential oils are usually ok and certain types can actually help to heal or prevent dry skin.
  • Harsh cleansers: It’s best to avoid any chemical filled body washes or skin cleansers that tend to be more alkaline and not pH balanced like the skin needs. These will strip the skin of its natural moisture and can definitely lead to itchy skin.
  • Alcohol: Avoid using products that contain alcohol or any sort. While some are slightly less drying than others, all forms of alcohol will without a doubt dry out skin. And if the skin is dry enough and has led to cracked skin, products containing alcohol will also irritate and burn the skin.

What products can help itchy skin?

For Dry Skin

If you know you’re experiencing itchy skin because your skin is mostly dry (or cracking), learn how to stop itching with these products which will help you lock in your skin’s natural moisture and provide relief:

For Eczema

With eczema, it’s best to look for a product that is made specifically for the eczema symptoms you’re experiencing.

  • Red Eczema: Emily’s Hot Skin Soother: Chinese herbs have been blended with natural oils to create one powerful anti-inflammatory balm to treat red eczema rashes.
  • Dry Eczema: Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream: This cream gets a second mention because it’s really great for so many types of skin conditions, especially any sort of dry skin.

For Psoriasis

If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis these products will help you figure out how to stop itching and scratching your skin:

For Allergies

If you have allergy-prone skin, check out these products that are great for those with allergies – of course – just double check the ingredients to ensure none of your known allergies are listed. We don’t want you to learn how to stop itching, just to try a new product with an ingredient that is going to give you an allergic reaction. A good tip for trying new skin care: always do a small patch test first.

  • Organic Calendula Salve: This balm is so simple and pure it only has 4 ingredients: olive oil, calendula, beeswax and vitamin E, making it more tolerable and gentle for those with many allergies.
  • Grass Fed Tallow Balm: Unlike artificial balms, this mixture again uses very simple, nourishing ingredients like beef tallow for moisture and itch relief.

For General Itching

Regardless of whether you may be experiencing dry skin, psoriasis or allergies, these products will help all forms of itching:

  • Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray: Cooling aloe and soothing calendula can be gently misted onto itchy skin for fast relief with this spray. It’s great to carry in your bag for itch relief on the go!

Wet Wrapping

Something that works wonders for dry, itchy skin is something you may never have heard about, wet wrapping! It’s a popular form of treatment for eczema and psoriasis, but is very effective for many other skin conditions as well. It’s basically all about soaking with water and moisture and then sealing the moisture in for two hours or more using a damp layer of clothing. Read more about wet wrapping in Our Eczema Trials: Wet Wrap Therapy.

Something we usually recommend first, because it’s easier and less messy, is dry wrapping. Make sure to check it out too – it’s a good first step. Learn all about dry wrapping.


If you can’t seem to heal your itchy skin from the above recommended products because you’re constantly scratching, make sure to cover your hands and protect yourself from scratching with mittens and gloves! The itch-scratch cycle is no joke. Your skin may start off smooth and normal looking, but once the itching starts, you can scratch so hard that you cause a wound to open up or you’ll create thick skin which will need treatment and time to heal. When the healing begins, the itching may start again and you’re back to scratching mode all over again. So, give your skin the protection it deserves and wear gloves or mittens when you feel the urge to scratch, but it’s most important overnight. If you’re itchy in the night, you will scratch and won’t even know it until you wake up and find the evidence written all over your damaged skin.


You can try acupressure at home! Yes, it’s that easy! And there are a couple of points that when pressure is applied, can really help to relief itching. Check out How to Use Acupressure for Eczema: A Home Remedy for Itchy Skin.We’re sure this will help you with how to stop itching and scratching.

More Itchy Relief Tips from a Naturopath

Our resident naturopath, Dr. Amy Duong, is an expert in all things skin related. She has a few tips she always shares with her patients to help them soothe their itchy skin naturally. Check her tips out here.

If you continue to experience itchy skin, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Have you learned how to stop itching your skin? What works for you?

Let us know in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.


  1. Jing on October 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    These are valuable information. It’s great. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Baby Eczema Relief on March 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve heard so much about Manuka Honey products as a way to control eczema. I think it’s worth trying. Great info! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nirali on April 3, 2019 at 11:49 am

    What has worked wonders for me is a vitamin b complex each day. I’ve topically applied Greek yogurt on the eczema affected areas every 4 hours alternating it with a solution of 4 parts water with 1 part raw, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar containing the mother.

    I’ve also used an equal concoction of coconut, almond and Castor oil to moisturise the affected areas as frequently as needed.

  4. Nancy Williams on April 20, 2019 at 10:10 am

    For dry skin – itchy rash dermatologist recommended wet wrapping using Triamcinolone ointment and adding vasoline at night. Wrap in plastic wrap and then ace bandages 2x a day for 2 weeks. It cured my itch scratch cycle that I was in for almost 5 years. I did it at night and every morning. He wanted to oversaturate the skin to rehydrate and thin the patches with the triamcinolone.
    Finally I feel overjoyed that I’m not scratching anymore.
    This is not medical advise – this was the 3rd dermatologist and I felt defeated that I couldn’t stop scratching because it burned and itched constantly. It worked for me- hopefully this is helpful information that someone can use to get better.

  5. Gayle Portell on June 5, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Here’s an Itchy to add to your site. Sun Allergies!!!! I stumbled across you site in a desperate attempt to relieve the EXTREME itch on my chest and shoulders. I’ve been using (don’t laugh!) Vagisil and up until yesterday, that’s been working. But now it’s not. I’ve been using ice packs, but that’s not doing much either. I’M GOING NUTS!!!!! Actually, to the doctor.

  6. Clara on September 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Hey I have a 8 year old daughter who suffer eczema on her hands and feet ,its sometimes itchy and cracking and also bleed, she has very dry skin.please help and Thanks

    • Abigail on September 30, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Honey and apple cider vinegar are really good

  7. Alejandra Hilligoss on December 21, 2019 at 12:57 am

    That will irritate it

  8. karen on March 26, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Breathwork and going for a walk

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