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If you’re constantly scratching at itchy skin, priority No. 1 is finding something (anything!) that will make it stop. To do that, it’s essential to cater your treatment to the reason why you’re itching in the first place, explains Melanie Grossman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City.

After all, if you load up on an antihistamine like Benadryl but don’t get rid of what’s triggering your itch (think: dry skin or insect bites), no number of pink pills will fully relieve your need to scratch.

Sometimes, finding out what’s at the bottom of an itch requires the professional insight of a dermatologist. Other times, you can figure it out on your own. Then, get sweet relief with one of these effective, proven treatments for itchy skin.

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