Itching may just be the body’s way of alerting you to a skin barrier breach by allergens, irritants, bug bites or even poison ivy — but knowing that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Get your uncomfortable, itchy skin to calm down with soothing, oatmeal-based skin care products that come straight from your kitchen cabinet.

You don’t have to resort to steroid creams such as hydrocortisone, which are often prescribed for inflammatory skin disorders like eczema or hives, to combat itchy skin from any source. Oats contain natural antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, soothing and barrier protection properties with none of the skin-thinning side effects of steroid creams. A daily regimen of two oatmeal cream applications and one oatmeal cleansing wash has, in clinical studies, been shown to significantly improve cases of eczema, scaling, erythema, itching and dryness.

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Find a commercial oatmeal lotion and facial cleanser you like, or make your own from plain, finely ground or steel-cut organic oats to relieve itching from skin disorders, allergens, poison ivy and more.