Allergic Skin Reactions: Symptoms and Solutions

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Some allergic skin reactions come from sources that we can easily identify, and other reactions are hard to pinpoint.  Sometimes the question is:

Is this an allergic reaction or it is a sensitive skin type of reaction?

Let’s first rule out a sensitive skin reaction and move on to allergic skin reactions.

A Guide to Sensitive Skin: Symptoms and Remedies

‍Sensitive skin is a skin condition that impacts many people. It’s also known as sensitive-prone skin, and it’s just as annoying as it sounds. It’s no fun being unable to use your favorite face scrub or being afraid of trying new skincare products because they might irritate your sensitive skin. However, you can ease the symptoms and manage your sensitive skin by following a few tips and using the right products for your sensitive skin. Our entirely plant based moisturizer contains only skin friendly gentle ingredients, and something you’ll want to consider when tamping down sensitive skin and allergic reactions.

What is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is a skin condition where the skin is extremely reactive to various things, including various skincare products, weather conditions, and even stress. It is also known as sensitive-prone skin, and it's just as annoying as it sounds.

The reason why sensitive skin is such a widespread issue is because there’s no real definition of what it is and unfortunately it can be a wide grey area. Some people will have a reaction to a product that others can use without any side effects, so it’s really hard to determine what causes sensitive skin. However, there are a few things that can be used to determine whether or not you have sensitive skin, like our plant based moisturizer with gentle skin loving ingredients.

How to Tell if You Have Sensitive Skin

Before you start treating your sensitive skin, it’s important to determine whether or not you have sensitive skin in the first place. That way, you can be sure that you’re treating the right condition.

A good way to figure out if you have sensitive skin is to look at the ingredients list of your current skincare products. If you’ve used a product for a while and notice that your skin has become drier or redder, then it might be time to change to a gentler product. Another good way to tell if you have sensitive skin is to test it. To do this, simply put a product on a small patch of skin and see if there is any reaction.

If you notice any irritation, rash, or redness, then it’s a good sign that your skin is sensitive to that product. As you can see, there are a few different ways to tell if you have sensitive skin. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to be safe and err on the side of caution.

What Causes Sensitive Skin?

To be honest, nobody really knows what causes sensitive skin. However, there are a few theories that have been proposed by various scientists and researchers. While these theories aren’t 100% conclusive, they are still useful as a way to understand what might be causing your sensitive skin.

Hormones.  A common theory behind sensitive skin is that it’s linked to hormones, specifically estrogen. Estrogen has many benefits for the skin but can also make it more sensitive.

Genetics.  Another popular theory is that your genes play a role in the sensitivity of your skin. Some people are just born with sensitive skin, while others acquire it over time.

Environment.  Your environment can also impact the sensitivity of your skin, which is why some people experience a change in skin sensitivity when traveling.

Stress.  Many people believe that stress is one of the culprits behind sensitive skin. The stress response can cause your skin to become more sensitive, and it can also cause skin breakouts.

Lack of Sleep.  Finally, many people believe that a lack of sleep can cause sensitive skin. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body is more likely to react negatively.

Tips for Managing Sensitive Skin

Now that you know what causes sensitive skin and how to tell if you have it, let’s talk about ways to manage your sensitive skin so it doesn’t become a problem. If you have sensitive skin, there are a few things you can do to make sure your skin remains healthy.

Start with a Sensitive Skin Routine.   First and foremost, you should start a regimen designed for sensitive skin. That way, you can be sure that you aren’t putting anything harmful on your skin.  A great  addition to your sensitive skin routine is our entirely plant based moisturizer.

Exfoliate Gently.  Some people with sensitive skin choose to avoid exfoliating altogether, but that’s not recommended. Exfoliating once or twice a week is great for sensitive skin, as long as you do it gently.

Avoid Irritants.  Avoiding irritants like strong soaps and cleansers can be helpful for those with sensitive skin.

Moisturize.  It’s also important to moisturize your skin regularly. Dry skin is more likely to break out and be sensitive, so moisturizing is a good habit to get into.

Wear Sunscreen.  And finally, don’t forget to wear sunscreen.  Sensitive skin is more susceptible to sun damage, so sunscreen is necessary.

Now onto Allergic Skin Reactions

Thanks to genetics, our skin can be prone to developing an allergic reaction to almost anything – from common cosmetic ingredients like nickel and fragrance oils to more unusual triggers such as lobster or bee venom.

If you’re prone to eczema or other sensitive skin conditions, it’s important that you read product labels carefully. Even natural products can sometimes contain hidden chemicals that can trigger a reaction. Eczema and other allergic reactions are triggered when your immune system mistakes a harmless chemical as a threat, producing antibodies called IgE (Immunoglobulin E) in response. These antibodies then signal for inflammatory cells called mast cells to release histamines as part of the body’s defense mechanism.

Histamines cause itching, swelling and redness by contracting blood vessels and causing them to leak fluid into the surrounding area. Typically triggered by certain foods, contact allergies or perfumes, histamine intolerance is also known as vasodilator syndrome — but no matter what you call it, it’s not very pleasant! Here is a closer look at the causes and remedies for allergic skin reactions.

What are the Causes of Allergic Skin Reactions?

Allergic skin reactions can be caused by cosmetics, jewelry, latex, natural ingredients, fabrics, plants and animals. Most common causes include:

Nickel. Commonly found in earrings and jewelry, nickel is a common trigger for skin allergies.

Fragrances and Colorants. Artificial coloring and fragrance can trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive skin. Fragrances can be made from hundreds of natural and synthetic ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive skin.

Common Topical Allergens.  Some people are allergic to bee stings, peanut butter, natural rubber latex, plants such as poison ivy, pear or cherry tree pollen, or animal products such as fish, feathers or horsehair.

Fabric Dyes. Some people are sensitive to synthetic dyes found in many different types of fabrics, including some synthetic brands of cotton.

How to Recognize an Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions may occur immediately or up to 48 hours after exposure. Many symptoms are similar for different skin allergies, including redness, swelling, itching, bumps or hives.

Your skin may also become blotchy, scaly, crusty or cracked, and you may experience flaky scalp, acne, rashes or psoriasis.

Eczema is a common allergic skin reaction. Eczema is characterized by red, itchy, flaky skin that is often accompanied by dry patches and cracks.

Hives are raised, itchy bumps anywhere on the body, often accompanied by a rash.

A rash is usually red, blotchy and scaly, or sometimes dry and flaky.

Natural Remedies for Organ-Specific Allergic Reactions

These are the most common remedies for allergies that affect specific organs.

Bee stings. Bee venom allergy is a common organ-specific allergy. Bee stings can cause an itchy red rash that can become blistered as well as swelling and discomfort.

Peanut allergy. Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. If you are allergic to peanuts, you will likely experience itching, swelling, redness and hives.

Home Remedies for a Non Specific Allergic Rash

These remedies can help any rash caused by an allergic reaction.

Cool compresses. Cool compresses applied to the affected area can help ease itching.  

Hydrocortisone cream. If your skin is very red and itchy, a topical corticosteroid cream can help calm the itching and reduce swelling.

Antihistamines. Antihistamine tablets can calm itchy, swollen skin and help you sleep.

Natural remedies. Natural remedies such as aloe vera, vinegar or baking soda can calm irritated skin.

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Allergic skin reactions and sensitive skin are very uncomfortable situations to be in, but with either condition, rest assured we can find relief and help with the right kind of diagnosis, treatments, ingredients, and products – which should include our plant derived moisturizer.