Se­niors: You’re Not Crazy – Your Itchy Skin Is Real

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Imag­ine wak­ing up al­most ev­ery night scratch­ing at itchy skin on your hands, arms and legs. Maybe you wake up to red lines on your body each morn­ing from scratch­ing dur­ing the night. Then, dur­ing the day, the itch is con­stant and mad­den­ing – but there doesn’t seem to be any vis­i­ble rea­son for it. Per­haps you’re feel­ing the urge to scratch as you read this.

If this sounds fa­mil­iar, you are not alone. As we age, ev­ery­one’s skin ex­pe­ri­ences dra­matic changes. The fatty, pro­tec­tive layer un­der the skin di­min­ishes. We also ex­pe­ri­ence thin­ner, frag­ile skin that wrin­kles, bruises eas­ily or even tears. How­ever, the most com­mon skin com­plaint for se­niors is itchy skin. The itch­ing – there are many med­i­cal names for it – is very real. You aren’t crazy. It’s not just in your head.

“Age-re­lated itchy skin is a con­di­tion faced by many older adults,” says Dr. Roger &HLOOH\ D ERDUG FHUWLÀHG GHUPDWRORJLVW “Us­ing a qual­ity mois­tur­izer can help di­min­ish the feel­ings of itch and dry­ness, but for a prod­uct to be truly ef­fec­tive, it needs a medicine in­tended to re­lieve itch.”

There are all sorts of over-the-counter anti-itch medicines and creams, but they aren’t all cre­ated equal. Some may have very UHDO DQG VLJQLÀFDQW GUDZEDFNV 0DQ\ RI them are “cor­ti­cos­teroid” (ba­si­cally a fancy word for top­i­cal steroid) based creams or gels, like hy­dro­cor­ti­sone. While these typ­i­cally do re­duce itch af­ter one or more uses, they can have side ef­fects with long-term use: thin­ning skin, ir­ri­ta­tion, de­pen­dency and even more itch. That de­feats the pur­pose of an anti-itch cream, don’t you think?

Then there are oth­ers that are for­mu­lated VSHFLÀFDOO\ IRU WKH XQLTXH QHHGV RI VHQLRUV like the DerMend Ma­ture Skin So­lu­tions line of prod­ucts. Hy­dro­cor­ti­sone used to be one of the only anti-itch op­tions for se­niors, but now, thanks to prod­ucts like DerMend Mois­tur­iz­ing Anti-Itch Lo­tion, that’s all chang­ing.

“Now there are very ef­fec­tive, steroid-free itch re­liev­ing creams and lo­tions avail­able,” says Dr. Ceil­ley. “They’re de­signed to ad­dress the needs of sen­si­tive, ag­ing skin.”

DerMend Mois­tur­iz­ing Anti-Itch Lo­tion was re­cently in­tro­duced by Fern­dale Health­care, Inc., a com­pany that’s ded­i­cated to help­ing older Amer­i­cans deal with agere­lated changes to their skin.

Un­like the steroid-based creams, DerMend Mois­tur­iz­ing Anti-Itch Lo­tion won’t thin your skin or re­sult in ad­di­tional itch and ir­ri­ta­tion. The anti-itch for­mula uses mois­tur­iz­ers to soothe your skin and im­prove its over­all con­di­tion and tex­ture, com­bined with a medicine that’s proven to ef­fec­tively – and quickly – re­lieve itch. You can learn more about DerMend Mois­tur­iz­ing Anti-Itch Lo­tion, the other DerMend Ma­ture Skin So­lu­tions prod­ucts, and print a coupon at DerMend.com. night of ag­o­niz­ing itchy skin, you can also buy DerMend prod­ucts nowat CVS/phar­macy

al­greens.

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