Itch Relief for Aging, Senior Skin
Many seniors are familiar with the changes that occur in their skin as it ages; changes that result in uncomfortable symptoms such as dry, flaky skin and pruritis, or itching. In fact, the majority of the elderly population suffers from dry, itchy skin. The itch-scratch cycle can lead to more irritation and, in severe cases, infection. Though it is not a serious condition, itchy skin often causes discomfort for the sufferer. It most commonly affects lower legs, elbows and forearms.
Dry skin is usually caused by the natural loss of oil glands as we age. Skin becomes thinner and less able to retain moisture. The following factors can worsen symptoms:
- Dry air, harsh weather and sun
- Frequent, hot baths and harsh soaps
- Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease
- Some prescription medications
Aging Skin Treatment & Itch Relief
Proper skin care maintenance is key to preventing and controlling dry, itchy skin, particularly in old age. Many doctors recommend starting with a good moisturizing cream and an anti-itch ointment.
If your skin is itchy and irritated, apply TriCalm to help stop the itch, and then apply moisturizing cream. Avoid taking hot showers; instead take warm or lukewarm showers. Over-exposure to hot water can dry out the skin. After your shower, blot skin with a towel rather than rubbing it. Then apply moisturizing cream to damp skin to help lock in moisture (avoid creams with lanolin—an ingredient that can cause allergic reaction or irritation). Adding a humidifier in your home can also help your skin retain water even when you have the heat on. Drink plenty of water to help moisturize your skin from the inside.