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My Dry, Itchy Skin Treatment: Relief From Itching and Other Symptoms Through Vitamin Therapy

Updated on July 31, 2012

As we get older, our skin slowly loses it's ability to retain moisture. Extreme hot and cold weather conditions only make things worse. Winter winds not only remove moisture from skin but tone and color as well. The hands and the feet are usually hardest hit. The changes in skin are often subtle and the damage is done before we even think about taking any preventative steps. Skin becomes dry, itchy and sometimes begins to crack. Applying creams can be beneficial if they have healing properties. Unfortunately, many creams on the market today contain mineral oil, which only clogs pores and prevents the absorption of needed nutrients by the skin. More important than what goes on the skin is what goes in the body. Poor diet only accelerates the aging and moisture loss of the skin.

A deficiency in vitamin A will leave skin dry and scaling. Dandruff is often a sign that the body needs Vitamin A. If the skin is developing dry patches that are turning dark and scaly, Vitamin A levels are dangerously low. Short term high dosages of vitamin A can be taken to clear up these skin conditions under a health practitioner's care. High dosages must be worked up to slowly. If you begin to experience headaches this is a sign you need to lower the dosage. Once the problem is resolved, taking a lower dosage regularly will help maintain skin health.

To help improve skin elasticity take short term, high dosages of vitamin C. To improve skin color take Vitamin B complex. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary for healthy skin. Some excellent sources are flax seed and fish oil. The best sources of fish oil are fresh salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and trout. Well refined fish oil supplements will have the added benefit of no PCBs or mercury.

When looking for moisturizing products at your local health store, choose products that contain ingredients such as aloe vera, calendula, sunflower oil and jojoba. Peppermint is a popular ingredient in foot creams because of its cooling and soothing effect and invigorating odor. Some of the best ingredients for extra dry skin are avocado oil and olive oil. If you have more oily skin the best oils to use are hazelnut or rose hip oil. Prior to moisturizing soak in warm water and bath salts. Colloidal oatmeal (a fine powder) is a great way to enrich your bath because it helps prevent moisture loss from the skin and soothes itchiness. Avoid soaps with added scents and dyes. Look for soaps that are high in soybean, jojoba or olive oil. After emerging from the bath, moisturize with a body lotion rich in vitamin E.

Long term healthy skin is best obtained by working from the inside out. Limit the use of diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine and drink at least eight glasses of water each day. A well balanced diet is important. It should consist of a large percentage of raw fruits and vegetables. Eat plenty of whole grain products and avoid unhealthy fats, high sugar and processed foods.

Before heading outdoors (especially snowy conditions) apply a sunscreen with natural ingredients. The reflective power of the sun upon snow is 63 percent higher than sand. It is wise to always apply a healthy sunscreen before heading outdoors because of the aging effects of the sun on the skin in any weather conditions. Sunscreen should be applied to the face, neck and any other area that is going to be exposed to the sun for a long period of time.

Shea butter has been found to have many benefits to the skin. It is effective in treating a number of skin conditions including psoriasis, cold sores, bed sores, rashes, and eczema and helps protect the skin from sun rays and excessive heat. It is high in vitamins A, B, C, D, K, E, calcium, protein and iron. Since it is totally non-toxic it has even been used by the food industry as a substitute for cocoa butter. It is very safe and can be used by the whole family.


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      Chris 6 years ago

      Great article. Thanks.

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      maria 6 years ago

      it is the nice way to get rid of ichy skin

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      mzoghori 8 years ago

      Always wear sunscreen if your regimen takes you outdoors and consume a lot of fruits, this can help prevent itchy skin.

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      Skin care 8 years ago

      i have a itchy skin.

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      georgiecox 8 years ago

      Hi Steve,

      This again is very informative stuff. Because I am coeliac my skin often develops dry itchy patches. So thanks for advice. Have a good day - georgie

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      RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      My mom eats liver and onions. Its her secret receipe for lookin' fine. I like hubs that promote natural remedies. Thanks for lookin' out.

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      stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Sorrel!

      I would also recommend probiotics. Antibiotics deplete healthy bacteria in the intestine which leads to many skin issues. Probiotics restores healthy intestinal bacteria.

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      Sorrel 8 years ago from France

      interesting article. i have dry skin which gets worse after i've been on antibiotics - will be looking at getting some vitamin A

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      Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      I have very dry skin. Shea butter smells so good because it's natural and good for you. I also have tried lard on my face and it seems to work. What other goodies have you tried?

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Wow this has some great info. For the first time I can remember my skin is really dry at the moment so this one is right up my alley. Well done Steve.

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      Jen's Solitude 8 years ago from Delaware

      Wow what an instructive article. Very easy to read too. Thanks for the info!


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      Netters 8 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      This is great information. Thank you. I live in the desert and my skin is always dry. The average humidity here is 3%. It's really awful, especially when it gets windy. Thanks again!

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      Clive Fagan 8 years ago from South Africa

      I follow a good diet but have recently developed peeling skin on my hands and itchy rash on lower limbs. shins and forearms. I am not ill but this eczema is very annoying and nothing seems to help at present. any ideas?

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      chaixkee 8 years ago from Philippines

      I used to treat my itchy skin after a year of giving birth with corti costeriods. A doctor once once adviced it to me. But after a lot of taking it like almost everyday, 3x, I started to gain a lot of weight. After sometimes, I went to the doctor again and he adviced me to take alternative treatment instead of taking the medicines. Then I stopped taking it although the itching was untolerable. I lose weight a bit. Instead of taking steriods, I started taking Vitamin E (iron). Now, though I am taking it, some parts of my body's itching still...and I have dry skin, too...most especially on toes and fingernails.

      I need an expertly advice. KIndly give me some.Thanks!

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      Excellent article. All good advice which I follow regularly. I had dramatic proof recently that these habits work to create healthy skin that is able to heal quickly. I took a bad spill on my bike and was quite banged up. I was afraid that it would take a long time for my cuts and very dark bruises to heal, especially a very deep black bruise that covered one knee, but I was completely healed and well within a week!

      One tip: An excellent, affordable after bath moisturizer is pure walnut oil. It is light and inexpensive and very healing and moisturizing.

      :) Suzanne

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      Laura Izett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I never had dry skin before having a baby and now that my daughter is almost 2, I still have a problem with dry skin. I thought it might just be something I have to accept and that she permanently changed my body in that way, but what you said about vitamins and certain ingredients that help combat dry skin, is something I will try.

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      Wingswriter 8 years ago from Nebraska


      Good information. I have horribly dry skin that will even crack when I don't take care of it. Thanks for the hub.


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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the information. We really have to give extra care to our skins, esp, living in the islands of sun and sea. After years of my tanning indulgence, i now bear marks of this youthful folly. I do use a lot of aloe vera, sun blockers. and load up on all the necessary vitamins.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thank you Steve! Great advice for aging skin - now I must remember to put it into practice!

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      joarline 8 years ago

      Sage advice. This is now spring. The March winds are doing a number on our skin and hair. All around good nutrition is the basis for healthy anything. Good job Stevemack! ( I know a brandnew Omega 3 product that blows all the others away. It has noticible good effects on my aging anatomy). JO

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      Hally Z. 8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great article, Steve! I try to moisturize my skin with natural oil based products, and avoid mineral oil.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      I have a very dry skin. I had it since my youth and now at an advancing age it has become drier still. I will follow your guidlines on myself and I am sure it will become healthier. Thank you for writing such informative hubs.