Virtually everyone has dealt with itchy, irritated skin at one point or another, whether it’s from an allergic reaction, skin sensitivity, or pesky bug bite. (Boo mosquitoes bites!) But whatever type of skin itching you’re experiencing, there’s one thing in common: they’ll make you want to find relief, ASAP…and anti-itch creams are an easy place to start.
Why does my skin itch in the first place? you’re wondering. Well, summertime itchy skin is commonly due to mosquito bites, or potentially from poison ivy or other rashes after spending extended time outdoors and in nature. But itchy skin can also be due to chronic conditions such as eczema, an allergic reaction, or simply because you’re dealing with dry skin. Fortunately, there are various over-the-counter anti-itch creams you can purchase to bring your skin some relief.
Over-the-counter anti-itch creams can help to reduce itching from conditions such as mosquito bites or poison ivy or other rashes, according to Rajani Katta, MD, a board-certified dermatologist who serves as voluntary clinical faculty of both the Baylor College of Medicine and the McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Houston.