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Dry and itchy facial skin: What problems this indicates

Dry and itchy facial skin: What problems this indicates Causes of itchy skin (photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

When your face itches, it causes discomfort and red spots that remain after scratching. This condition appears due to several reasons, according to the Livestrong website.

Dry skin

Dermatologist Brendan Camp explained that dryness can make your skin feel tight and cause itching.

Dry skin can occur anywhere on your body. It can happen due to cold weather, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

You can restore dry skin using gentle cleansers and moisturizing creams.

Remember, over-cleansing can dry out your skin, so wash your face once a day. Moisturizers can be used several times a day.

Itching after shaving

If your face itches after shaving, your skin is irritated and a rash can appear.

Common causes of razor irritation include dry shaving, shaving too frequently, and using a dull razor. This problem is more common in people with sensitive skin or acne.


Eczema is an inflammatory condition that causes dryness, flaking, or itching of the skin. It can affect any part of your body, including the face. It often manifests as dry pink patches of skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition characterized by a rash on the scalp or face. It can cause redness and flaking, similar to dandruff.

Contact dermatitis

If your itching appears after using a new detergent, soap, lotion, or cosmetics and is accompanied by a red rash, you might have contact dermatitis.

This can occur due to skin irritation from an environmental allergen or an ingredient in a skincare product.


A sunburn on the face is not only uncomfortable but can also cause itching.

It is an inflammation of the skin that manifests as redness, swelling, warmth, and pain.

If the sunburn is severe, your skin may also start peeling or blisters can appear.


Sometimes itching on the face or other parts of the body can be a result of taking new medications, such as aspirin, certain blood pressure medications, or opioid pain relievers.

Less common causes

Itching is not always caused by a skin problem. In some cases, it can be a symptom of another type of health issue. These include:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Mental health disorders

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