Scleroderma and Skin
Skin itchiness in scleroderma…..
Why does my skin itch?
- First the extra layer of collagen in the inner layer of skin destroys normal sweat and oil glands.
- Second, the outer layer of the skin usually has fatty substances that moisten the skin. In scleroderma, this outer layer often gets thinner so there is less oil.
- Finally, in the early phase of scleroderma inflammation in the skin releases histamine and other chemicals that cause the skin to itch.
What can I do to prevent the itching?
Avoid the following:
- Scratchy fabrics such as wool
- Rubbing alcohol or other products containing alcohol (perfume)
- Harsh soaps, detergents and household cleaners such as: Wisk, Lestoil, Arm and Hammer, Woolite, Cheer, Tide, Liquid soaps, detergents with extra power or brighteners, store brand soaps.
- All fabric softeners’
- Hot baths
- Excess cold exposure
- Vigorous exercise
- Active or passive cigarette smoke
- Fatigue and anxiety
What can I do to relieve the itching?
- Turn down the heat.
- Use mild, unscented or moisturizing soaps such as: Alpha Kerry Dove, Aveeno Bar (dry skin formula), Lever 2000, Neutrogena (dry skin formula).
Source: John Hopkins Scleroderma Center