We received this question today via email. The short answer is YES. Chlorine can cause itchy skin. On our web page, we discuss Pool Chlorine and Skin. In particular, we note that Swimmers often complain of a itchy skin from chlorine, chlorine burn, or rash.
Ryn Gargulinski describes this itchiness as "an allergic reaction leaves you with itchy skin. Several causes can lead to itchy skin, which can be accompanied by tightness, dryness, flaking and peeling or a rash with little, pus-filled blisters." One hypothesis is that "itchy skin after swimming in a pool can come as a reaction to the chlorine, which can act as an irritant, an allergen or dry out your skin. Chlorine is corrosive . . . . Repeatedly swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool can break down your skin's lipid barriers and dry it out.
Here's how to get all the chlorine off of you.