Itchy Skin Cures

Krill Oil
Posted by Helen (Merimbula, Nsw) on 11/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with extremely itchy skin for probably the last twenty five to thirty years and it is worst in hot humid weather or sometimes in cooler weather if I have too many clothes on. It starts around my elbows and then spreads to the rest of my arms sometimes my back , neck and hands. I have seen many doctors and tried many different creams, soaps, tablets etc. Then around a month ago I started taking Krill Oil for my arthritis and miraculously my itch has gone.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Julie (Springfield, Mo) on 07/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've had good luck with it clearing up itchy skin issues. I dilute Apple Cider Vinegar with water 50/50 and dab it on several times a day, even when it is not itching. Using it consistently is the trick, it takes awhile for it to heal. vinegar will help some with itching but it will help more with healing.

Baking Soda
Posted by Jeff (Mckinney, Texas) on 06/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had some itchy spots and I mixed some Baking Soda with water and wiped it on the spots. It soothed the spots for me. I also tried Milk Of Magnesia on the spots and it seemed to do the same thing. I hope this helps.

Krill Oil
Posted by Shary (Centennial, Co) on 07/31/2010
4 out of 5 stars

Along with various other health issues, I've had chronically itchy skin for the past 2 years. The area affected is mainly around my torso. This is not a dry-skin itch. Scratching makes it worse. Sometimes there are tiny bumps or pimples, but often there is nothing noticeable at the site of the itch. I've switched soaps, shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, the food I eat, etc. I shower with luke-warm water and don't use soap at all on that part of my body. I've also tried Apple Cider Vinegar, witch hazel, tea tree oil, you name it and I've tried it. Nothing really helped. Then about a month ago I started taking krill oil because it's supposed to be good for muscles and joints. Supposedly it has properties that ordinary fish oil doesn't have. I haven't noticed any difference with my joints, but within just a few days of starting the krill oil, almost all the itching and pimply rashes around my waist disappeared. I haven't stopped taking the oil so I don't know if it just medicates or if it eventually cures the problem. Either way, it's a big sigh of relief to get rid of the itch without using topical drugs. Take one krill oil softgel twice a day. Be sure to get 100 percent krill oil. Some brands are better than others. Check the list of ingredients on the bottle to make sure it isn't mostly fish oil.

EC: Excerpts from Wikipedia's entry on Krill Oil here:

"Several studies have shown toxic residues in Antarctic krill and fish..."

Ecological Concerns

..."The harvesting of antarctic krill is relatively new. At present, no limits have been placed on the amount of Krill that can be harvested. This has caused a number of Marine biologists to express concern over the lack of research into the effect that such exploitation of Krill may have, not just to the long term survival of several species of baleen whales and the Adelie Penguin; but also in terms of other animals further up the food chain. In this regard, Antarctic Krill is fundamental to the survival of almost every species of animal that lives in the Antarctic or sub-Antarctic waters and island groups .[5]

Grandmother Guffy Remedy
Posted by Terezia (Dallas, Tx) on 09/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

.... Wow, this is the routine I myself worked out many years ago, after noticing that a dab of coconut oil put in the bath water doesn't just condition the skin, but cleanses better than soap.... so I just omitted the bath part and kept the coconut oil-dry towel regime.

I do take fast showers with home made soaps, but that's secondary to the coconut oil cleansing.

Definitely stops itching, and improves skin texture.

(fluoride in water is also known for rapidly aging the skin, aluminum in commercial soaps drys skin out... What else is in tap water... We have no idea)

I'd also recommend dry brushing (see bamboo drybrushes at Amazon) with essential oils (lavender, geranium, petitgrain, orange, anis, chamomile... I like lavender anise) against itching. Dry brush instead of morning shower or after you are dry (and already itching :)

General Feedback
Posted by Dianna (Austin, TX) on 02/15/2009

my skin used to always feel dry and tight after a shower with soap. however, since i have stopped using soap on my skin it no longer feels as dry or itchy. what i do now is soak in an epsom salt bath (1 to 2 cups epsom salts and 9 drops of lavender oil) and i just scrub my wet skin with a loofah or scrub brush. afterwards i put virgin coconut oil onto my still damp skin. soap is not really necessary unless you are extremely greasy or dirty. i have been doing this for years and i've also found that since i stopped washing my underarms with soap that my sweat smells less stinky - i could probably go without deodorant! but i use a crystal deodorant stone just in case...
good luck

Witch Hazel
Posted by Paul (Tucson, AZ) on 01/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I don't that witch hazel can be a cure but it is great for stopping an itch of the skin. I had a bad rash on my hands years ago and when they would itch I would pour witch hazel on my hands and the itch would stop right now and it did me no harm at all.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Trish (Kansas City, MO) on 02/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried bathing in Apple Cider Vinegar, as suggested by others, and had luck. I added just a 1/4 cup of the raw ACV I always keep in my refridgerator to my bathwater and laid in it for about half an hour. I felt immediate relief after getting out of the tub. I still have just a slight itching today, but it is remarkably better.

Food Allergies
Posted by Sasha (La, US) on 04/12/2014

You mentioned that you get itchy after eating well you are allergic to something your eating. My doctor put me on an elmination diet because of itchiness rash and host of other very unpleasant symptoms . Some doctor do not know that most allergy tests are fifty percent accurate so the best thing is to get on a elmination dit , which is eat rice, chicken turkey all veges except the night shades, .. you can have garlic onions oilive oil water and pear blueberries eat that for two weeks for gluten /wheat to get out of your symptom it takes a half year to see full effects the reintroduce one food at time for half a day then go bacl on the elimination diet for three and half days, then do the same, with dairy corn, sugar soy citrus

Borax Foot Scrub
Posted by Jessica (Forest, VA, USA) on 12/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I'm insulin resistant, so I have alot of the same problems that diabetics do, including rough feet. I've tried so many scrubs and files and lotions in hopes of softening my feet. I suspect that I also have a systemic Candida infection, so I thought Borax would be good for my itchy feet. It worked wonderfully! My feet were so soft after I got out of the shower and have not been itching since. Once you get your feet nice and soft, you'll want to follow with a good moisturizer: that's where my next project lies.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tim (Kent, WA) on 11/18/2007
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I have been on acid reflux medications for a year and a half. First I was on Ranitidine, then Prevacid, then Omeprazole, which I take each night just before I go to bed. I also have been using HCTZ and Lisinopril for high blood pressure. Recently, for about 6 weeks I got very sick. I felt dizzy, nausea, headache, and lost appetite completely. I went 5 days with almost no food and lost about 10 lbs in 10 days. I changed diet, tried everything but nothing worked. At the end of this episode I would get the "feeling" of high fever in my head plus headache. I also felt very cold and had to crank up the heat quite a bit. However, every time I took my temperature it was totally normal. If I took Advil or Tylenol for headache it didn't do anything because I really didn't had a headache or temperature, it was something else. In addition to all this, I also had severe itching all over my body as soon as I went to bed. It lasted for about 30-60 minutes. There was no redness or any other marks on my body.....just plain itching.

My doctor finally told me to get off of Omeprazole. The next day was a new day in my life. All the symptoms were completely gone as if were never sick in the first place. The nightly itching also went away completely the night I skipped Omeprazole. My doctor correctly predicted that it may take up to 7 days to get rid of all the symptoms. Well, on the second day some of the symptoms came back but at half the strength and things got progressively better each day. The bad thing was that my acid reflux really started to bother me the second day (48 hrs after quitting Omeprazole). I had lot of chest pain and rumbling activity in my stomach.... like a little storm inside my stomach. Unlike other people I do not have heartburn from acid reflux. I have chest pains in different part of my chest or sometime stomach. I also experience bloating and gas.

I found and tried 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 cup of water and it worked immediately. Three hours later the acid reflux came back and I experienced a lot of discomfort. I took another dose (1 tsp in 1 cup of water) and the rest of the night was perfect with no problems. The following day I increased the dosage to 1 TBSP of ACV in 1 cup of filtered water 3x a day just before each meal and have been using this dosage daily. So it took practically took one day for ACV to do its magic. For the past 10 days I feel I have acid reflux totally under control. My blood pressure is also going down every day. I expect to be off of blood pressure medication soon. As an added bonus the acne on my back is finally under control. I was on antibiotics for 15 years until I found a supplemental milk shake that helped me get off of antibiotics for the past 3 years. I had to stop using it to figure out what was causing my sickness and the acne flared up again. I read about hydrogen peroxide on this site and that worked amazingly well on the acne on my back. So the combination of hydrogen peroxide and ACV is working great.

I do feel some affect of ACV on the back of my tongue or sometimes in my throat. Luckily, in 10 days it is not too bad, maybe because I only use 1 TBSP instead of 2. My doctor has approved ACV and said that it doesn't have any harmful affects so I am free to try it for acid reflux. However, the doctor clearly said NO BAKING SODA because of high blood pressure. I see that baking soda and sea salt is mentioned a lot on this site to help reduce the acid taste but some of us can't use baking soda or salt. Does anyone have any suggestions? If you do, please email me. Because of sugar I would rather not use too much honey or apple juice if I can help it because I am taking this 3x times a day but if I have to then I will. May be I can add only a little bit apple juice in water rather than adding ACV to apple juice directly. Not sure if that's OK. If you could share any personal experiences in this regard that would be great. Thanks.

Baking Soda
Posted by Lisa (Bellevue, USA) on 06/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

BAKING SODA! It really helps itchy skin. If you put just a little bit (1/4 cup) of baking soda into a warm bath, it can really decrease your urge to itch! I've done this for years!!

Tomato Juice and Coconut Oil
Posted by Fran (Rocky Face, GA) on 02/12/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Use half tomato juice and half coconut oil to stop itching...This is nothing new as the Bible has said nothing new under the sun...This was used back many years ago..way before our time do your home work God Bless you,

Posted by Natalie (Jacksonville, FL) on 12/28/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Today I told my mother about putting honey on her eczema. She applied some and left it on for ten minutes. She had been taking antibiotics for quite some time but nothing had stopped the itching. Immediately after applying the honey the itching was gone. Now we'll just have to see if it heals it completely.

New Zealand Skin Cream
Posted by Louise (DC) on 08/19/2022
4 out of 5 stars

Hi Michael...I am suffering from whole body the product you mentioned, "Chronic Itch Relief", go by another name in the USA...thank you for helping me...Liz

Check for Soap Allergies
Posted by KT (Usa) on 05/29/2014

Make sure the rinse water is clear, then try adding a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse.

Posted by David (Thailand) on 03/30/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I would be happy to write a post in appreciation for all the help others have given me!! I have suffered from regular itching on my body for many years (arms, shoulder, upper body) on what appears to be perfectly healthy skin. Nothing - absolutely NOTHING - helped or eased the problem... Until I rubbed on a good dose of chilli pepper with a damp cloth. After the heat, NO further itching!! Incredible! Now... It WILL get very hot (obviously!! ) so avoid sensitive areas... But it works!! It really does!! I had the itching problem for years... But no longer. It can sometimes come back after a few months, if so just reapply the chilli powder. Then... Gone!! I live in Thailand so we have the good, pure stuff here. But I reckon you should easily find some wherever you are. And it's cheap!

Vitamin C
Posted by Katt (La) on 01/17/2014
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Apple cider vinegar baths work to get rid of the itching but I had it crazy insane itching burning after research, This is how to neutralize toxins and stop itching fast and naturally, I took megadoses of high quality vitamin C it worked right away I mean fast I could sleep. I continued taking high doses and after a three days the itching stopped, I ordered the nanaparticles vitamin C and just kept taking it for one month, The itching was similar to what I had when I took antibiotics and I had fungal overgrowth. I was put on a potent anti fungal and I went on the anti candida diet until it was under control then I went a natural candida elimination formula that the clerk said killed candida along with oxygen drop, Cell food, to ensure all candida overgrowth was killed

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Janice (Toronto, On) on 01/06/2014
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I've been spraying myself with Hydrogen Peroxide and after - another bottle of 50% Club Soda with 25% Vodka and 25% White Vinegar. At first it helped but last night wanted to do jumping jacks and scream, and had to spray like every 5/10 minutes on my feet, hands, neck, etc.....used Tea Tree Essential Oil today, and Gold Bond Anti-itch cream..... So while getting through dinner, had to spray with both again on forearms, hands and elbows, then squeezed a tangerine over the skin, and honestly I've stopped in all those area's, it actually feels cooling and soothing, but I hope that lasts.

I know Trish from Trish's Salt and Scrubs made this concoction with essential oils that stopped and ended her psorasis, I know she probably has something for severely itchy skin. I'am out of Theives Essential Oil, and when I get pneumonia in the summers that and other oils are the best to put on the back of my neck and down my spine.

For me, this started 3 months ago right after each of the 2 Quantum Biofeedback Sessions, which I got to rid of eye pain, and I never got any money back and would never have that done again, unless it's from someone very hightly intuitive instead of trained to follow procedure. I ended up using tap water and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to rid of the eye infection in 3 days. But you can try this and see it if works but likewise, everyone's different, I'am about to check earthclinc and Chinese and Indian methods for itch. I would add Hydrogen Peroxide and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with Club Soda but apparently your not supposed to mix HP and Vinegar.

It's possible it could be a reaction to the Kirkland Costco 100% Recycled Foam Dog Bed (threw that out weeks ago, our beagle has an orthopeadic bed now)....or it could of been possibly the fact we put out dog onto a parasite cleanse at 7 years and everything outside is complete snow-ice at freezing levels.....??, but the clementine trick really did help after the spray with Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and then Club Soda > 50%, Vodka >25%, White Vinegar 25%, it also makes a great air freshener and cleans mirrors too, just add any essential oil to it that you like.

I've heard from one doctor that taking Aloe Vera Internally could help too.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 11/12/2013

Dear Feelinhopeless from NV,

What a distressing situation!

The first two things that come to my mind are turmeric and garlic. They are both inexpensive and very effective for many things. I hope that they will help you.

Turmeric is great for healing skin problems and for itching related to bites. We have used this sucessfully. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day in milk or water. (Better in milk with some fat in it as the fat helps it to work better. So does some black pepper.) You can usually get bulk turmeric at an Indian grocery store or health food store.

Garlic in an anti-parasitic herb (and anti lots of other stuff, too.) Ideally, get a few bulbs of garlic. Four times a day, chop up one of the cloves (one section of the bulb) and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then spread it on some toast with some honey or butter. You will not smell the best while you do this.

Give the garlic and turmeric at least a week try before deciding if they are helping.

I would also add Raw Unpastuerized Apple Cider Vinegar to what you are doing. It will improve the PH of your body, which should be helpful. Try 1 Tablespoon in 8 ounces of water once or twice a day. (You can dilute it more if desired and just sip all day.)

1 cup of Epsom Salt in a very warm bath at night might be helpful for your sleep. You can add some tea tree essential oil if you have it on hand.

If I come across anything else that might help, I will pass it along.

Please keep us posted. I will be praying for your relief.

~Mama to Many~

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mike 62 (Denver, Colorado) on 11/13/2013

Feelinhopeless: The problem began with the arrival of the new dog so a pathogen is probably involved rather than an allergy. The pathogen can maybe hide inside the body when ointments are applied. You can try healing from the inside. Online you can get hawaiin spirulina, black chia seeds, expellar pressed coconut oil, raw cocoa powder, nondenatured whey, and raw wildflower honey. These can supply the cells with all the best nutrients they require to function at peak performance and interfere with the pathogen. You can mix the coconut oil and honey with some water and apply to the skin. You can feed these to the precious pets also.

Essential Oils
Posted by Tracy (San Augustine, Texas) on 07/23/2013

If you think you're being bitten by something at work, take a 9"x11" cake pan or similar pan to work with you & fill it with soapy water (just add a little dishwashing soap to some water & fill the pan about half-way full). Place this pan of water right below you nearest electrical outlet. Keep other electrical plugs away. Plug a nightlight into the outlet & make sure it stays on all the time, including at night after you go home. If your office has a flea infestation, you will find dead fleas in the soapy water the next day. The fleas are attracted to the heat of the light & when they jump towards it they fall into the soapy water. The soap removes their protective coating & they drown. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (original) is the best brand to use. You might make a gift of a small bottle of it to those employees who have pets telling them that it works great killing fleas as a pet soap for dogs & cats.

Essential Oils
Posted by Dee (Illinois) on 12/04/2021

If at work or any location infested with fleas/bugs use this to naturally harmlessly kill the pests. Diatomaceous Earth. Sprinkle lightly around. Go to baseboards and these areas. Get food grade! This way if any pet would happen to lick or get on feet and lick no harm. The DE will kill the pests. Use care as u don't want much down or don't breath the dust! Just barely Sprinkle. May also be used internally for pets to rid them of fleas and internal parasites IE worms. Use canned pet food and Sprinkle a small amount proportionally to amount of food. IE 1 heaping tsp spoon of can food use about 1/4 tsp DE for bout a wk.

Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
Posted by Beth (Lexington, Kentucky) on 04/25/2013

I have been having itchy skin and a rash on and off for almost a year now. It started several months after I broke my leg, (have a titanium rod and screws). I'm almost insane because of this and very fatigue from lack of sleep do to the itching. I'm a 48 year old female (perimenapausal). I have been to the dermatologist multitudes of times, but no relief. I have had many blood test done, not sure what they all were. I had two skin biopsies which said I was negative for fungal forms. Lab report said I had vascular changes and mixed cell dermatitis with focal fibrin, also hypersensitivity which can be secondary to drug or anthropod bite reaction and possibility of urticaria vasculitis. Basically the lab report wasn't clear on a specific diagnosis. The Dr said that I didn't have urticaria vasculitis. I had allery test done which showed that I'm allergic to mold and cockroaches. I have tried different steroid creams and shots. I was prescribed allergy medicines including hydroxyz.

The remedies I have done on my own are oatmeals baths, aloe vera, drinking APV which I stooped after getting mouth ulcers. Baking soda paste which helped temporarily plus applied adv directly to skin which helped very little. I've used tea tree oil and coconut oil, my skin feels soft but still itching. Four days ago I started borax peroxide baths and scrubs. I have checked my mattresses for insects and nothing. I vacuum my mattress and cloth furniture on a regular basis. Yesterday I cleaned my sofa and chairs with borax peroxide mixture which has helped a little. I clean my bedding weekly.

I have an indoor cat and I check and clean his ears on a regular basis. I don't bath him often, but I never see him scratching and his fur looks healthy. My dog comes in for a few minutes in the evenings. She looks healthy as well.

My itching started on the leg I broke. It then went to my lower back shoulders breast and abdomen, also my hips but there is never a rash there. I have showed the rash to several other doctors and they don't know what I have. I wonder if this could be some sort of parasite. I have stopped several of my medicines including bio identical hormones to see what happens and so far nothing. I eat a lot of sugar so that's a concern. I am running out of ideas and don't I can live like this. Please help. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated.

Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
Posted by Beth (Lexington, Kentucky) on 04/26/2013

I discussed the titanium with several dr's and they didnt seem concerned about it. The allergy dr said it was highly unlikely that I would be allergic to titanium and I wasnt tested for it, maybe I should be, and will look into it.

I'm seeing the gyn dr today and will discuss hormonal issues which could possibly be a cause for the itching. If I don't get help soon I'm gonna lose it.

Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
Posted by Concerned (Oz, Rainbow State) on 04/26/2013

HANG IN THERE! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Go to this website:

There you will find information that may help with your situation with info on a blood test. There are patient stories to read that may be similar to yours and give you hope and guidance.

Not saying this is what you have but here is more information to consider:

Removal of metal implants for treatment of an allergy to metal is rarely performed. While it is nice to know that metal implants rarely cause allergic reactions that require implant removal, it has been reported, and some individuals have found resolution of their symptoms after removal or replacement of their implants. Your doctor can help you determine the cause of your problems and the appropriate treatment to consider. Fortunately, for those patients who truly have metal sensitivity causing their implant problems, removal of the implant will often provide immediate relief of symptoms.

Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
Posted by Jean (Northland) on 12/28/2017

Thank you! I rushed straight to my cupboard to get my Lugol's solution which is a form of edible iodine - something I used to take all the time for energy levels. I really hope it works as the itching has bothered me for a long time and is getting worse at the moment.

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