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How to get rid of skin reactions once and for all
Categories: Beauty, Health and wellbeingAugust 19, 2016 | Posted by Mukti
Skin reactions, allergies and sensitivities are more common than you may think. It doesn’t matter if the ingredients are expensive, pure, natural, unnatural, scientifically-proven or blessed by the Dalai Lama, you could still have a reaction.
Your skin is alive, and consequently, can be just as moody and prone as you are to hormonal fluctuations, chemical sensitivities, diet, stress and pollution.
Skincare products usually contain a long list of ingredients and regardless of whether they are certified organic or completely concocted in a test tube by a mad scientist, your immune system may decide it doesn’t like one tiny ingredient in that bottle and stage a revolt.
Common culprits that cause skin reactions are:
- Artificial fragrances
- Aluminium compounds (e.g. in antiperspirant)
- Acids (salicylic and alpha-hydroxy acids, retinoids)
- Emollients (lanolin, coconut butter, cocoa butter, isopropyl palmitate, isostearyl isosterate, and myristyl lactate)
- Sulfates (sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate found in shampoos, soaps, body washes)
- Essential oils (yes they’re natural but still very potent)
- Preservatives (e.g. parabens)
So due to the literally thousands of chemical components your skin comes into contact with, the lotions, potions and warpaint you apply one day with smashing results, could cause your skin to flare up with rashes, redness, irritation, flakiness, pimples and swelling.
It can be really disappointing and disheartening, especially when you’ve paid good money for a quality product.
One particularly common skin reaction is periorificial dermatitis, or perioral dermatitis. This is an inflammatory rash that looks like patches of itchy or tender tiny red pimple-like bumps that collect around the mouth, nose, under the eye area and chin. The overlying skin may be red, dry and flaky. Burning, tightening and itchiness often go along with it.
Periorificial dermatitis mainly affects women between the ages of 15 and 45 and children of any age and is often caused by the use of topical steroid creams or nasal and oral steroids. It can also be caused by makeup, sunscreen, fluoridated toothpaste, neglecting to wash your face, hormonal changes and the pill.
9 ways to safeguard yourself against skin reactions
Once you’ve ruled out the possibility that you may have an ongoing skin disorder – like psoriasis, rosacea, eczema or folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle) – it’s time to investigate and make some pre-emptive strikes so you can avoid skin reactions once and for all.
- If you’ve been using a steroid cream and you notice a skin reaction, stop using it immediately as it’s likely to be periorificial dermatitis.
- Always patch test any new skincare product before you apply it all over your face and neck. Smear a generous amount of the product on the inside of your forearm, cover it with a Band-aid and wait for 24 hours. If you experience a reaction, stop using it.
- If you do have a reaction then use a cold compress to soothe any inflammation.
- While you’re dealing with a skin reaction, minimise the cosmetics and skincare products you use. Slowly reintroduce each product one by one and try and ascertain which product is causing the reaction.
- Once you’ve worked out which product has caused a reaction, contact the manufacturer and ask if it contains any potential allergens or sensitisers.*
- If you have a severe reaction – like swollen eyes or welts – see your doctor straight away.
- Always read labels and if you have sensitive skin, opt for products with fewer ingredients.
- Avoid products containing synthetic fragrances (a.k.a parfum, perfume).
- Avoid aerosol products.
*It's extremely difficult to pinpoint what the exact cause may be without undergoing thorough allergy testing. An allergist / immunologist has the skills and training to diagnose your particular skin condition and help you find relief.
Keen to use our Age Defiance collection but worried about a reaction?
Our products are certified organic and based on natural, botanical ingredients that don't usually cause any reactions. However, some people may still be prone to a reaction particularly if you have any history of sensitivities.
If you do, stop using the product and apply a cold compress. It shouldn’t cause a severe reaction, but consult your health practitioner on the off chance it does.
If you’ve disrupted the acid mantle of your skin through the use of steroid creams or other harsh products, your skin may be particularly sensitive. In this case, our Age Defiance range may not be suitable for you, as it does contain some highly active ingredients.
If you’re keen to use our Age Defiance range and are worried about a reaction, order a sample size first and do a patch test.
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