Hydrocortisone is an anti-itch cream that soothes itchy skin. Healthline recommends getting a cream that has at least 1-percent hydrocortisone when looking for over-the-counter treatments. “This drug inhibits inflammatory responses in the body and can help calm inflamed, itchy skin,” writes the source.
If this is not enough, see your dermatologist as often a stronger cortisone cream is needed. Your dermatologist can best determine your treatment course to minimize side effects.
Drink Lots of Water
We should all be drinking lots of water on a daily basis, but a lot of people struggle to do so. There are so many benefits that come from drinking plenty of water and according to Reader’s Digest, one of these benefits is relieving dry, itchy skin.
“Water is the winner,” says Chris G. Adigun, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at the Dermatology & Laser Center of Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Reader’s Digest. “Keeping your body hydrated will help your skin stay hydrated.”
If you’re like me, you might notice that your skin becomes a lot more dry and itchy in the winter months. This could be because of the lack of vitamin D in the cold, dark days of winter. “You may want to consult with your doctor to ensure your vitamin D level is adequate,” says Mohiba Tareen, MD, a dermatologist at Tareen Dermatology in Roseland, Minnesota, when talking to Reader’s Digest. “When vitamin D is low — which commonly occurs during the winter months — skin conditions and itchy may flare.”