How to Make a Bath for Itchy Skin

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Make a bath for itchy skin to relive itching.
Make a bath for itchy skin to relive itching. (Image: feet in the bath image by Ivonne Wierink from Fotolia.com)

Dry, itchy skin can be caused by many things, such as dry indoor air during the winter or an allergic reaction to something in your environment. When your skin feels dry and the itching drives you to distraction, soothe the itch and rehydrate your skin with a special bath treatment. When added to a tubful of warm water, simple household ingredients such as baking soda and oatmeal can improve the way your skin feels and reduce the irritating itch.

Things You'll Need

  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Bath towel
  • Baking soda

Colloidal Oatmeal Bath

Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water. While the water is running into the tub, pour two to three cups of colloidal oatmeal under the running water to allow it to dissolve and disperse throughout the tub.

Soak in the colloidal oatmeal bath for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Do not soak longer than this, as lengthy baths can dry your skin out and make the itching worse.

Exit the bath water carefully after the time elapses. Be extremely careful as you step out of the bathtub, because the colloidal oatmeal will make surfaces very slippery.

Pat your skin gently with the towel to dry off. Do not rub your skin; this can irritate your skin unnecessarily. You may take as many as three colloidal oatmeal baths each day to relieve itchy skin.

Baking Soda Bath

Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water.

Add one cup of baking soda to the bath water for every inch of bath water in the tub. For example, if your bath is eight inches deep, add eight cups of baking soda to the tub. Swirl the water around to dissolve the baking soda completely.

Soak in the baking soda bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Exit the bath water carefully after the time elapses.

Dry your skin gently with the bath towel. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing to prevent unnecessary irritation. You may take up to three baking soda baths each day to relieve itchy skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Colloidal oatmeal is basic rolled oats ground to a fine powder. You may make your own colloidal oatmeal at home by grinding rolled oats in a blender, food processor or coffee grinder until it has become a fine powder.

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