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Face Itching - How To Treat And Get Relief From It

Face Itching - How To Treat And Get Relief From It

When your face itches, it can be distracting and difficult to control. An itchy face is uncomfortable and most of the time it seems like it comes out of nowhere which makes you irritated when you have to constantly touch your face, or have to control the urge to scratch it. 

It is quite common in the winter season and during allergy seasons. But having an occasionally itchy face isn’t unusual, and there are ways to get relief from it and treat it. 

Some common causes of itching include: dry skin, skin contact with an irritant, or seasonal allergies. You may experience an itchy face as a common side effect of certain medications like: Antibiotics, antifungal, and narcotic pain medications.

But in some lesser cases, an itchy face can be caused due to internal conditions such as liver disease, thyroid conditions, multiple sclerosis, cancer, or nutritional deficiencies. 

Learn more about what are the causes of an itchy face, tips to relieve it, and how to treat it.

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Causes of the itchy face

Seasonal allergies: Environmental or seasonal allergies can cause your face to itch

Dry skin: If your skin is dry or you have patches of dry skin on your face, then there is a chance that you can have an itchy face.

Eczema: Eczema is a skin condition that can be extremely itchy and can be difficult to treat. Eczema flare-ups can be caused by allergies as well.

Allergy to specific food or medication: If you are allergic to some specific food or medication then you might experience an itchy face.

Rosacea: It is another skin condition that can cause extreme itching, tingling, or stinging on the face (especially cheeks).

Reaction to cosmetics: If you have sensitive skin, and are reactive to any of the ingredients in your cosmetics, it might cause itching on your face.

How to help relieve itchiness and irritation

  • Avoid scratching the itchy areas. Scratching can aggravate the skin and can lead to inflammation or infection
  • Applying a wet and cool compress can give a soothing effect
  • If your skin is dry, then apply a moisturizer while the skin is still moist
  • Apply cucumber juice or rub cucumber gently on your face, as it can cool, refresh and moisturize your skin
  • Stress can worsen the itching. Try to remove yourself from any stressful situation until the itching subsides
  • If you have sensitive skin, before buying or applying new products on your face, do a patch test. If you suspect you are having a reaction on the skin to a particular product, don't buy or discontinue using it

Tips to prevent face itching

Tips to prevent face itching
  • Start with the basic skincare: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Use mild face wash, say no to pore-clogging facial moisturizer
  • Avoid using alcohol-based cleansers and opt for mild ones without any heavy scent
  • Invest in a gentle hypoallergenic skincare routine and follow it religiously
  • Use face creams or serums that aren't chemically scented or dyed
  • Keep your face moisturized. The drier the skin, the more the itching
  • Completely avoid those ingredients or materials that irritate your skin. Avoid scented soaps or some metal jewelry (such as nickel)
  • Always check the ingredients list of your beauty products to make sure that you are not exposing your skin to harsh chemicals or things that you are sensitive to
  • If your cosmetics are older than 6-12 months, consider replacing them
  • During colder months, outside air, or forced air heating can make your skin drier. Use a humidifier to avoid that
  • Always wash your face with lukewarm water, and never hot water

When To See A Doctor?

  • If your itching is getting worse and is persistent for ten days or more
  • If it is not getting better despite using OTC creams, lotions, and other steroidal topicals
  • If the itching started without a rash but spread to a rash later
  • If the itching is accompanied by other symptoms like fever, sudden weight loss, and fatigue
  • If the scratching has led to broken skin which could get infected

Summing up

If the itching is persistent for so many days and the urge to itch does not subside in a few days, consult a qualified professional to check if you're dealing with some skin condition. Itching on the face can have several underlying causes, but most of them are treatable with the right treatment and precautions.