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Feeling Itchy After A Shower? 6 Reasons Why + Expert Tips To Remedy It

 

Whether you like your rinse long and luxurious or practical and speedy, a good shower should leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and, well, clean. But itchy? Seems suspect.

What causes itchy skin after the shower?

Say it with us: A compromised skin barrier leads to dry, irritated, itchy skin. (When your barrier weakens, your skin is unable to do its two primary functions: stop water from evaporating from the skin and keep environmental aggressors, irritants, and allergens from sneaking their way inside.)

And guess what? A strong skin barrier starts in the shower—at least for the neck down. That said, it’s worth paying attention to your shower habits. Sometimes, one or two of these is all it takes for itchy skin to creep up:

You’re using an irritating laundry detergent.

For some, it’s more about the toweling-off than the shower itself, depending on which laundry detergent you use. Again, traditional cleansing agents can contain harsh surfactants (great for lifting stubborn grease stains; potentially not so great for sensitive skin), as well as other irritating ingredients: “Those ingredients—detergents, preservatives, strong fragrances—can cause dermatitis in sensitive skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Nava Greenfield, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn.

 

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Source : mindbodygreen – Feeling Itchy After A Shower? 6 Reasons Why + Expert Tips To Remedy It Edited By, Jamie Schneider

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