Most of us have experienced the curse of sensitive skin at some point in our lives, many as teenagers when the dreaded spots appear, usually just as we fall for the cute guy in the class.
Few, however, have to deal with ongoing skin issues, such as Eczema. Eczema is essentially the body’s immune system reacting which causes extreme itching, redness and swelling and whilst we don’t really know what causes it, researchers believe it is a combination of genes and triggers such as dry skin, irritants and stress.
Can I stop it?
There’s not a cure for Eczema but it can be managed. During a flare up, there are emollients and steroid treatments that you can use, although it is always best to consult a physician before using any treatments.
There isn’t a catch all to preventing a flare up either, unfortunately, but there are some steps that you can take to minimise the risk. If you’re prone to stress then practicing mindfulness to reduce your stress may help. There are also products that you can avoid or cut down on which may increase the risk of a flare up.
Cosmetic products, including many moisturisers, will contain perfumes and other chemicals which can cause a reaction, being aware of these and trying to avoid them is a really good way of trying to keep your eczema at bay. Even changing your laundry routine can have a positive effect, by using non-biological and complimentary products, you may find that your clothes are less irritating than previously.
What about my makeup?
Unfortunately, a lot of brands of makeup also contain chemicals that might cause the allergic reaction and these are best avoided in the name of good skin health. Luckily, however, there are a number of companies which produce both makeup and cleansing products that will look after your skin as well as keep you looking great too.
Bearing in mind other allergens, such as pollen or house dust mites can also cause a reaction, it is a good idea to test a number of products to gauge the reaction, if there is one, and find what works for you. There are also control measures for pollen and house dust mites which you can try, of course, including regular vacuuming of carpets and washing of soft furnishings such as curtains and cushions.
Klarify.Me provides a range of products for those with a skin allergy or eczema, as well as advice and guidance for managing the condition.