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April 28, 2011 6:34 PM
I have lost 47 pounds and I am dealing with itch skin, particularly where I have stretch marks on my stomach. Benadryl has not helped nor has vitamin E cream or cortizone cream. Does anyone else have this issue when losing weight and have you found a solution to it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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April 28, 2011 6:39 PM
That happened to me as well, but it seemed to stop when I started drinking a serious amount of water. I do not know if the two are related, but hydration affects skin condition, so maybe?
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April 28, 2011 6:39 PM
How funny! Someone else posted this yesterday and everyone suggested the Benadryl.
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April 28, 2011 6:40 PM
Try rubbing olive oil on it every night. This is something you would probably have to do for awhile though for it to work.
April 28, 2011 6:41 PM
I've had hives ever since I started losing weight--seems daily Allegra is the only thing that keeps that calmed down.
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April 28, 2011 6:43 PM
I've read that people who don't eat enough fat can get dry skin, I wouldn't suggest eating all kinds of fatty foods but healthy fats......or just a good lotion to start
April 28, 2011 6:43 PM
I had this too and the water thing is really what I think ended up helping. Oh, and I used bath oil a couple night a week...
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April 28, 2011 6:46 PM
I have exercise caused hives. My doctor told me to take a heart burn medicine called ranitidine. it's stopped my rashes!!
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April 28, 2011 6:52 PM
it's kinda funny this is the first post I've read in weeks and I was just talking to some friends about it this afternoon. i too am having the itchies, but what makes it worse is.....i am a scratcher. I am severely ripping myself apart :( I think the idea of water is a good one but I drink about a gallon of water a day. So I will be paying close attention to see what everyone else suggests.
April 28, 2011 6:57 PM
I thought that I was having a slight allergic reaction to new soap!
April 28, 2011 7:10 PM
I had the same issue and the itchy skin was on my tummy area where there are stretch marks. I went to my dermatologist to see what he could suggest and he actually recommended palmer's cocoa butter lotion and to my surprise it has really helped calmed the itching down. I apply it twice a day , once after my morning shower and once before I go to bed. I also have increased my water intake from 60 oz. per day to 100 oz. per day so these two things together has really helped and I FINALLY have some relief. Good luck and I hope you find something that helps soon cause I know how totally insane the itching can make you.
April 28, 2011 9:44 PM
Aveeno works wonders for me! I have very dry skin and nothing but this works. Even the generic-like brands at wal-mart or walgreens This is their site http://www.aveeno.com/skincare/products/itch-reliefs.
Hope this helps :)
April 28, 2011 10:09 PM
Maybe check with your doctor that it isn't related to a vitamin or mineral deficiency, there might be something missing in your diet.
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April 28, 2011 10:23 PM
all of those are for allergies.

try drinking more water
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April 28, 2011 10:33 PM
More water & bio oil. It helps rehydrate the skin quicker then lotion Your skin is dehydrated and is also trying to shrink to go with your weight loss
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April 29, 2011 8:00 AM
I switched to an olive oil bar soap that has no detergents, and use exfoliating gloves in the shower every few days. I use a little EVO on the very itchy areas after the shower, and a non irritating unscented lotion (Aveeno) elsewhere. If your skin looks ashy or dull drink more water and take a fish oil cap.
February 9, 2012 10:36 PM
i have the same problem ive lost 20 pounds and my areas of stretch marks are constantly itching!!!
May 9, 2012 7:23 AM
Why would losing weight cause skin to itch, though? My neck and under my chin itch, also my cheeks. But I don't see the connection between skin itching and losing weight. Pregnant women's abdomens often itch because of the stretching, but does it itch also when it is shrinking? Interested if anybody knows how and why losing some weight would cause skin to itch, even when the weight loss is only a few pounds. Thanks.
Edited by AliceKayV On May 9, 2012 7:24 AM
May 9, 2012 7:31 AM
If a person does not get enough water and GOOD HEALTHY FATs in their diet, this can cause dry skin and itchiness........Mine legs get so dry they are flaky and itchy.................I take Omega 3 supplements faithfully and drink my 6 - 8 cups of water and it really helps...
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May 9, 2012 7:33 AM
Yep! My sides where my love handles are shrinking, I have stretch marks and those itch… I remember them itching when I lost weight after having my son also.

I have dry skin as it is and couple that with working out {the sweat from working out} and the Florida humidity… I get rashes easily. I have a rash on my shins right now {dry skin + shaving + sweat from working out + wearing steel toe boots for work}, Kinda looks like poison ivy but it’s not. I actually went to my dermatologist 2 weeks ago for some hives that popped up. She gave me some prescription steroid cream to use twice daily and to take Claritin every morning… they are gone now. Yesterday was my follow up appt. She said I could use the steroid cream on my shins also and to use Aveeno or Cerave lotion.
May 9, 2012 8:18 AM
I suffer from itchy legs pretty much all the time. The only thing that has worked for me is pure Argan oil. Not as greasy or heavy as olive oil and I can even use it on my face. And it's fab for my hair.
The only drawback is the smell. It smells very faintly of salads.laugh
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May 9, 2012 10:23 PM
i have the itchy skin thing to, i've been backwards and forwards to doctors for 2 years, allergy tablets with cetrizine in them really does help, ranitidine too, although its not an actualy allergy it really does help. i am a scratcher too and skin goes really sore and red, take 2 ranitidines and 2 allergy tablets per day this really does help and defo keeps it at bay, as soon as i stop the itchiness returns. hope this helps . x
June 10, 2012 12:44 PM
Same thing happened to me! Try more water intake and supplements for the skin and apply coconut oil on the skin! Coconut has many benefits: use it as an eye make- up remover, as a face moisturizer, for the skin, for a hair shine and even as a toothpaste! Good Luck! :)
June 10, 2012 12:49 PM
this also happened to me when I PUT ON weight quickly, try bio oil it helped me and I also found citrus fruits made me itchy
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June 10, 2012 12:52 PM
Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize

Olive oil works WONDERS...as does Coconut oil...and pure olive oil and coconut oil are not fragranced..and they are not heavy. They absord into the skin quickly..and they leave your skin amazingly soft.

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