Some allergic skin reactions come from sources that we can easily identify, and other reactions are hard to pinpoint. And then the next question is, how do I remedy this situation? Most allergic reactions are not life threatening but they can definitely be very uncomfortable and annoying. Read on to learn more.
Let's first clear up some things about sensitive skin to move along to allergic skin reactions.
What Does Sensitive Skin Look Like?
Most Common Causes of Sensitive Skin
How to Treat Sensitive Skin
As irritated as we might feel in the moment, we need to go through the process of eliminating ingredients or situations (as listed above), that could be causing the sensitivity response.
For example, if you’ve spent the day in the sun on vacation, and that night you have itchy welts on your limbs or wherever you’ve been exposed to the sun, then it’s highly likely you have a case of sun poisoning (polymorphic light eruption), not as serious as it sounds, but extremely unpleasant.
Some common treatments that someone with sensitive skin might need to implement often or from time to time are things like applying coconut oil, shea butter, or oatmeal to clean skin to alleviate the symptoms.
Sometimes an over the counter antihistamine is a very effective solution to the issue.
A common sensitive skin issue, eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is worth noting because a lot of people have it. It appears with dry, itchy patches of skin, and other symptoms might vary from person to person.
When this kind of skin issue is persistent or reoccurring, you know that it is a skin sensitivity issue and not an allergic reaction. There are some really helpful ingredients on the market to look for if you discover you do have eczema, like aloe, apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, coconut oil, honey and tea tree oil. And this may sound dangerous, but based on a 2015 study (American Dermatitis Society), adding a ½ cup of bleach to a bath can help tamp down eczema as it can treat as a antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substance. According to the study, bleach can kill the bacteria on the surface of the skin, including S. aureus, which causes staph infections. This may restore the microbiome of the skin’s surface.
Now onto Allergic Skin Reactions
Symptoms of an allergic skin reaction may be any of the following:
Sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose
Itchy, red, or watery eyes
Wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath
Hives (A red, raised, itchy rash)
Swollen tongue, lips, or face
Dry, red, cracked skin
What Do We Know About Allergic Reactions?
We can experience an allergic reaction when we come into contact with a substance, like nickel, latex, fragrance, dyes, certain chemicals in products, or plants (poison ivy, poison oak, stinging nettle). This is called Contact Dermatitis. An example of these situations would be: if a part of your body touching poison ivy, or wearing a bracelet made of nickel.
Allergic reactions can look a lot like what a person with sensitive skin might experience, but on a more volatile level. If your reaction is quite abrupt or highly irritated, it’s probably an allergic reaction to something you’ve come in contact with. When someone has persistent dryness or redness, then it’s likely that your body trying to deal with sensitive skin.
What are Some Solutions to Allergic Reactions?
Many people who experience allergic reactions and have to deal with sensitive skin decide there are a few standard, go to products they can count on to sooth and hydrate their skin without any chance of side effects. Our Natural Face Cream for Intense Hydration has an impressive list of skin friendly, soothing ingredients to give your skin that boost of moisture it’s longing for:
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There are some key ingredients in our organic face cream, that we wanted to give you a chance to get to know:
Blue Green Algae: Research shows that algae can help improve the appearance of aging skin. It is very moisturizing and antioxidant rich.
Hemp Oil: Our cold pressed hemp oil is rich in omegas and important nutrients. Excellent for irritated or dry skin.
Marshmallow Root: The plant is well-known for its anti-irritant, soothing and emollient properties. Rich in vitamins (A, C, E and B complex).
Milk Thistle: A 2015 study found that it helped improve inflammatory skin conditions and is known to have antioxidant and anti-aging effects.
Nettle Leaf: Because of its nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties, nettle is a natural beautifier for skin. It has also been shown to clear acne and eczema.
Slippery Elm: Traditionally slippery elm is used to promote wound healing and soothe irritated skin, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants, both of which boost skin health.
Vegan Glycerin: While glycerin might seem like a common skin care ingredients, it has many hidden talents. It create a much higher level of hydration as an effective humectant and attracts moisturizer and water to the intercellular space of the skin.
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.
Reference / Resources
https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/skin-hair-and-nails/how-to-tell-the-difference-between-sensitive-skin-and-an-allergic-reaction, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/sensitive-skin#causes, https://www.aaaai.org/Conditions-Treatments/Allergies/Skin-Allergy, https://acaai.org/allergies/allergic-conditions/skin-allergy/