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Why does my skin itch after showering and how to prevent it?

Certain factors can cause itching after a shower or bath, including skin conditions or reactions. It is possible to prevent them, but it is advisable to consult a dermatologist in case of any problem.

Dry skin is often the cause of itchiness after showering. Shower water can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and itchiness. To treat these symptoms, it is not always enough to apply a lotion or moisturizer. Sometimes dry, sensitive skin needs extra care to relieve the irritation and dryness that causes itchiness. It’s also important to keep an eye out for other symptoms, such as peeling, scaling, or rashes, as these may indicate a condition that needs treatment.

This article looks at the possible causes of post-shower itching and how to treat it.

What does this have to do with the changing seasons?

People who live in areas with seasonal weather changes may develop a dry, itchy rash in summer and winter.


If the outside air is warm and humid, it can cause skin to become dry and easily irritated. Other skin problems that can develop due to summer weather include:

– Heat rashes: Heat can cause itchy welts to appear on the skin. People call this rash “heat rash.”

– Sun rash: Patches or bumps with itching or burning may appear on the areas of the skin exposed to the sun.

– Sun allergy: People can develop hives after sun exposure due to sun sensitivity. Certain medications can increase this sensitivity. They include ketoprofen and tetracycline-type antibiotics.

– Sunburn: If a person suffers from a sunburn, their skin can become irritated, itchy and damaged.

Possible treatments and remedies for itchy skin

People can take steps to prevent or minimize these conditions. These measures include:

– wash your body with cool, clean water and a gentle, gentle cleanser or shower gel

– apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before going out

– take hot showers and baths

– apply a moisturizer after each shower or bath

– increase the thermostat if the air conditioner makes the house too dry

– wear loose cotton clothing and sun protection elements.


Winter rash refers to dehydrated skin that occurs during the winter season. Possible causes are:

– cold temperatures
– low humidity
– central heating

Winter rash can cause itching, swelling, and rough patches on certain parts of the body. In some cases, it can spread to various parts of the body.
The most commonly affected areas are the hands and arms, which are generally more exposed to low temperatures.

Possible treatments and remedies

The main treatments for winter rash include moisturizers, oils, and rehydrating creams. As with heat rash treatments, avoid harsh soaps or cleansers and use hot water to wash. People can also benefit from using a humidifier in their home to counteract the effects of central heating.

Causes of itching after shower

Many factors can cause itching after a shower or bath. Here are some of the most common causes of itching after showering:

Dry Skin

Dry skin lacks moisture and can feel tight or itchy, especially after a shower. Cleansers, soap, and water can remove natural oils from the skin that keep it supple and prevent dryness. When a person takes a hot shower, the soap and water remove oils from the skin, which can cause a tight, itchy feeling. In extreme cases, the skin may even crack or bleed.

Prevention of itching after a shower.

The best way to prevent post-shower itchiness is to apply a moisturizer immediately after towel drying. A thick moisturizer, such as a cream, oil, or salve, can help lock in moisture if applied while the skin is still slightly damp. People with very dry or sensitive skin should carefully read the product label before using moisturizer. Some products can make itching worse because they contain irritating ingredients or cause allergic reactions. In general, it’s best to avoid products that contain fragrances, menthol, and alcohol, as they can worsen dryness, irritation, and itchiness.


Eczema refers to inflammation of the skin that can cause itchiness and excessive dryness. This is a chronic condition that can also cause a rash or bumps on the skin. Eczema can cause even more itching and discomfort after bathing or showering, when the skin lacks natural oils. Scented shower gels, soaps, and hot shower water can also cause itchiness.


People with eczema should use hypoallergenic products and apply moisturizer throughout the day. A dermatologist can provide recommendations on specific products to use.

Reactions to skin care products

Many people like to use scented cleansers, soaps, and hair products in the shower. However, these products can trigger allergic reactions in some people, leading to itching and other symptoms. This is called contact dermatitis. Fragrance is one of the ingredients most likely to cause a skin reaction.


If a person finds that moisturizing alone doesn’t relieve itching, they may need to switch shower products. You can try using only fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers and see if the itchiness goes away.

Reaction to laundry products.

Scented laundry products can also cause post-shower itching, especially if a person uses scented products on their towels. Drying off after bathing can transfer some of the scent of laundry soap or fabric softener to your skin. This can cause itching and irritation if the person is allergic or sensitive to this product.


People with itchy or sensitive skin may want to avoid using laundry products that contain fragrances or dyes to wash their towels or clothes.

Treatment and Remedies

People who notice itchiness after showering can find relief by following the steps below:

– Keep showers as short and cold as possible: Using cooler water for shorter periods can help prevent the skin from stripping its natural protective oils.

– Do not shower more than once a day: more showers mean more chances of stripping the skin of its natural oils. Children can shower less often than adults, about once or twice a week.

– Avoid long, hot baths: These can dry out the skin. You can also consider adding colloidal oatmeal or bath oils when bathing to help moisturize the skin.

– Refrain from scratching the skin: Scratching the skin can irritate and injure it, which aggravates itching.

– Avoid the use of harsh wipes, scrubs or sponges: They can irritate the skin in the same way as scratching.

– Use fragrance-free cleansers or moisturizing soaps: People may look for products that are hypoallergenic or suitable for eczema and sensitive skin.

– Gently pat the skin dry: It is important not to rub the skin with a towel, as this can cause irritation and strip the skin of its natural oils.

– Apply a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer or ointment – ​​best done immediately after patting skin dry.

– Avoid applying large amounts of foaming soaps or cleansers: Foaming agents can worsen skin dryness and are not necessary to effectively cleanse the skin.

– Use a humidifier: This can be especially helpful in dry climates or during the winter months. Low humidity can exacerbate dry skin.

– Avoid fragrances in detergents and fabric softeners: these ingredients can end up on towels and clothes and cause itchiness after showering.

– Avoid using products that contain retinoids: Retinoids regulate the growth of epithelial cells, but they can be irritating and aggravate dry skin. Unless a doctor has prescribed them, people should avoid using retinoids. Retinoids include:

Limit or exclude products containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA): AHA is an ingredient that can cause burning or itching on dry or sensitive skin.

If after following these steps there are no signs of improvement or relief from itching after showering, it is best to speak with a medical professional.

When to see a doctor

In general, a person can deal with mild itchiness after showering by following the steps above and taking care to keep the skin moisturized. In some cases, however, the itching is not related to the skin itself. A health condition such as nerve damage or multiple sclerosis can cause the nerves in the skin to become overactive. It can be itchy without a rash or other obvious cause. Itching due to nerve-related health problems can lead to excessive scratching, which can irritate the skin and make itching worse. It can also cause minor injuries that make infection possible.

Sometimes a mental health problem can cause a person to pick at their skin excessively. Among the mental health problems that can cause this phenomenon are the following:

the Depression
obsessive compulsive disorder
excoriation, a picking disorder of the skin

If a person suspects that they have a nervous or mental problem, they should speak with a medical professional.


Most people can treat post-shower itching with moisturizers, lotions, and other home remedies. However, if the itchiness persists after trying these remedies, it is best to consult a medical professional to rule out other more serious health problems.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information provided can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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