Allergies? Hey skin, let's take it easy!

Allergies? Hey skin, let's take it easy!

Does your skin always get a little cranky during a particular season? At that time of the year when everyone awaits the warm weather, you have to deal with THAT itching on your skin, which never stops! So annoying right?

While summer can be fun for many, it is dreaded by people with skin allergies! How nice it would be to find a permanent solution for this irritation of the skin. Skin -flare ups are no doubt, nightmares for many of us, and allergy season is that one season that no one looks forward to.

Skin flare up, otherwise called eczema flare, is referred to as the acute or actual phase of the skin disease, when skin is at its most irritable!

CONTENT INDEX

  • Meaning of skin- flare up
  • What causes eczema flare?
  • Treatment for skin- flare up

Skin flare ups can be scary, but with the right treatment and preparing our skin to beat it makes it a bit easier. First, let's take a look at what skin flare up actually means (in case you are not sure of what exactly it means :p)

Flare up? In my skin? Seriously?

A flare up is a term used to describe the phase where the skin becomes sore and intensively itchy.You may also experience a burning, irritated skin.

Symptoms include:

  • Inflamed red or brownish patches on your feet, hands, neck and elbows.
  • Uncontrollable itching at night, causing skin flare.
  • Dry skin that gets swollen because of severe itching.
  • Cracking or thick skin.
  • Small raised bumps having fluid or pus.

If you have any of these symptoms, then chances are that you might have skin flare up.

The real question is, what causes skin flares?

But what’s causing this? 

Eczema flare ups may be caused due to various reasons. Of course it is not the same for everyone, and the symptoms and severity varies from person to person. Some common triggers include dust, wool fabrics, sweat, hot or cold climate, pet danders and even harsh soaps.

Other causes may be : 

Dry skin - dry, itchy skin which is tight and easy to crack may trigger skin- flare up.

Stress - The biggest enemy of our skin is stress! It is the major cause of many skin problems, including eczema flare. Doctors don't know the exact reason for this, but reducing stress definitely helps skin health. You can practice mind-relaxing techniques, meditation and other stress relief activities.

Irritants - these can be anything lying around you. Even your household things can cause triggers — such as dish soaps, detergents, shampoos, and body washes. Others include cigarette smoke, perfumes and fragrances, and metals such as nickel.

Now that we know the causes for these allergies, let's see how we can get rid of them.

Is it difficult to deal with?

Seasonal allergies are a real problem, so consulting a skin doctor to see what works for your skin is the best solution. Apart from this, there are some easy homemade remedies to keep your allergies at bay.

Cool. Your. Skin. Down.

As we know, allergies are caused because of inflamed skin, so it is important to calm the skin with cold items. This gives a temporary, soothing relief for the flared skin. Pop up some face masks in the fridge, or roll a cooled jade roller or, even better, use a guava sha for your skin. By doing this, you can reduce the puffiness or redness instantly.

Let that BLOOD FLOW!

Lack of blood circulation is the main reason behind under-the-eye circles.No, it is just not because of bad sleeping habits, but there is an underlying skin allergy problem called the allergy shiner. What does it do? Well, it stops the blood flow by congesting the skin. Improving blood circulation and flushing out the stuck liquid lightens the area. You can do a homemade DIY with coffee powder and sugar and apply it on the under-eye area. 

Pro tip: massage your under-eye area with your fingertips to increase the blood flow.

DON’T FORGET TO CLEANSE

Cleansing is a must for any skin problem. Cleansers remove the dirt, dust and other particles of the skin. This is a good alternative to exfoliators or chemical peels that may prove harsh to your already sensitive skin. Make it a habit to cleanse in the mornings and after coming home from outside with a gentle fragrance-free cleanser.

SAY NO TO ALLERGENS like…

Prevention is better than cure! When the allergy season sets in, remember to avoid common allergens that can be potential triggers to your skin. Chemical ingredients like sulfates and parabens are toxic to the skin. Even perfumed fragrances sometimes become a reason for creating skin- flare ups.

PROTECT YOUR SKIN BARRIER

Protecting your skin barrier is the best solution to curb any skin flare up. It is needed to stop external environmental agents such as pollens, dust,etc. But remember, its efficiency depends on how strong the barrier is. How do we take care of it?

  • Hydration is the key. 
  • Moisturize twice a day ( gel cream is recommended for summer).
  • Have a good night’s sleep.
  • Apply sunscreen (even at home).

These are a few home remedies for treating skin allergies. Adding quality and safe products for your skincare regimen is equally important! Here are some natural skin care products from the Unbottle range of that are derived from natural botanicals.

Deep hydration serum for dry skin with Licorice root & turmeric

Dry run? Then it is time to hydrate your skin with this hydration serum containing Licorice root!

To treat: 

  • Lactic acid keeps your skin elastic, smooth and more flexible.
  • Sodium hyaluronate has the magical duality to moisturize skin and reduce inflammation.

To prevent recurrence:

  • Squalene reduces the appearance of fine lines.
  • Turmeric acts as a powerful antioxidant to eliminate free radicals.

Deep hydrating face cleanser proven to fight dry skin with Lactic acid & Alpha Arbutin

This deep hydrating cleanser has properties that cleanses the skin and restores hydration.

To treat: 

  • Lactic acid is a natural AHA which helps skin elasticity and lightens dark spots.
  • Sodium hyaluronate has the magical duality to moisturize skin and reduce inflammation.

To prevent recurrence: 

  • Arginine PCA captures skin moisture and keeps it hydrated all day long.
  • Alpha-arbutin brightens skin tone and heals skin damage.

An effective skin care routine definitely contributes to curb skin allergies.Choose your products wisely.


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