Itchy Back or Arms

The classic and most common cause of an itchy back is a term called notalgia paresthetica. I’ve described this to my patients as a “ghost itch” for years. Now we know it is due to subtle nerve root impingement of the spinal nerves that innervate the skin. Notalgia paresthetica typically happens on one side only and is often, but not always, between the scapula (shoulder blade) and spine. The itching is vexing and leads to scratching, which in turn leads to hyperpigmentation.

This can also happen on the arm where it is called brachioradial pruritus. Because the skin with these nerve root impingements is hypersensitive, any dry scale acts like feathers to start a cascade of itching.

Sun exposure seems to make the process worse. This all means that supportive skin care treatment involves exfoliation of dead cells, deep hydration of the skin, and sun protection. I add glycolic acid moisturizer to aid in both the release of dead cells and the deep skin hydration that glycolic acid is capable of by virtue of its ability to stimulate skin hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid holds moisture deep in the skin to help keep skin supple and hydrated.

Another common cause of itchy back is overgrowth of pityrosporum yeast and the rashes that result, including tinea versicolor, dandruff, and pityrosporum folliculitis. For this reason, the ingredient zinc pyrithione will help if this yeast is the cause of back itch.

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  1. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $38.00
  2. Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick  1078

    Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!
    $16.00
  3. Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30  1127

    Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    $24.00
  4. Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen  1128

    Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen

    The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.
    $19.00
  5. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  6. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats  1250

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!
    $20.00
  7. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™  1034

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $18.00
  8. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™  1033

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey SKIN Oil Off Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

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    Clarisonic Brush Replacement Heads

    Get the most out of your Clarisonic Cleansing System by keeping your Clarisonic Brushes in top shape.  Clarisonic recommends that you replace your brush head every 3 months to get the best results from your beloved Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System. Pick the right brush for your skin type to fully customize how the system works for you.

    $25.00
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    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $4.00
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    All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $24.00
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    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $5.00
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    Ultimate AHA Body Skin Care Kit for Smooth, Hydrated, Younger-Looking Skin

    Everyone can have soft, velvety smooth skin on their entire body. All it takes is really good body exfoliation!

    $61.00
  14. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash  1030

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body. I recommend using Glytone Body wash in combination with the Salux Wash Cloth or a Buf Puf Body Sponge.

    $24.00
  15. Glytone Body Lotion  1031

    Glytone Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $32.00
  16. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment  1020

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  17. Foaming Zinc Cleanser™  1040

    Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $14.80
  18. Calming Zinc Bar Soap®  1044

    Calming Zinc Bar Soap®

    My favorite skin cleanser! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully medicated to solve your skin problems.

  19. Buf Puf Exfoliating Body Sponge  1047

    Buf Puf Exfoliating Body Sponge

    Buffs and polishes body skin to give you smooth skin with a soft and velvety texture.
    $5.00
  20. Back Applicator  1050

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  21. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.  1085

    Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Dermatologist recommended skin cream for sensitive skin. One of the best skin care products to heal dry skin for people with eczema or skin allergies.
    $8.00
  22. All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™  1141

    All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
    $20.00
  23. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™  1155

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  24. Clarisonic Mia 2   1252

    Clarisonic Mia 2

    Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. Clarisonic Mia 2 gives you a gentle and effective cleanse at home or on the go.

    $150.00
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    Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men’s microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/2" brim. They fit perfectly and won’t blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.
    $18.00
  26. Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner  1257

    Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic conditioner for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free conditioner that leaves hair feeling clean and healthy. Great for the entire family. 

    $13.50
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    Clarisonic SMART Profile

    Luxurious head-to-toe sonic face and body cleansing brush. Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face and body to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. 11x better cleansing than hands alone!

    $265.00
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    Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic shampoo for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free shampoo that leaves hair clean and manageable. 

    $10.00

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