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.

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.