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A dip in the pool can trigger a skin reaction
Swimming is a great form of exercise year-round, especially during the cold and/or wet weather season when venturing outdoors becomes a less attractive option.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when something has come into contact with your skin, which causes your immune system to respond, causing rashes, swelling, and redness. This is a separate from a condition called irritant contact dermatitis, which is caused by the breakdown of the protective capabilities of the skin by repeated exposure to damaging irritants.
An Introduction to Perfume Free Cosmetics
Perfumes and scents are commonly added to various cosmetic products to enhance its appeal, or to hide odour that stems from the product's ingredients.
Anti-dandruff hair care ...
If you are finding it difficult to manage your dandruff or notice the flaking getting worse, it is advisable to get your scalp checked by your doctor, since there are multiple causes including yeasts, skin conditions, allergic reactions or even stress.
Antibacterial soaps and cleansers
Antibacterial soaps and cleansers are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among those whose work brings them into frequent contact with the public. Triclosan and alcohol are common active ingredients.
Defining hypo-allergenic
Hypo-allergenic does not mean non-allergenic! Instead, it means that the most common skin allergens have been removed from the skin care product that lists this claim.
Eczema and dry skin ...
Because eczema is frequently accompanied by dry skin, make sure to regularly apply a suitable moisturizer.
Eczema and Foods
This article will explore the possible connection between certain food sensitivities and allergies, and eczema. Eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic and recurring skin condition where the affected area such as the folds of the arms, under the knees, and sometimes the face, become inflamed, appearing as blisters on dry and scaly skin.
Hair removal with depilatories ...
Ladies, it is the time of the year to start thinking about wearing shorts, tank tops and swim suits, and managing unwanted body hair. Depilatory creams, lotions, roll-ons and foams can be effective forms of hair removal. They work by dissolving the hair through a chemical reaction with its protein structure.
Have a new rash?
Has your skin suddenly become red, itchy or inflamed? Could something you've been exposed to have possibly caused the rash? You may be experiencing contact dermatitis (also known as eczema).
Identifying allergens that can trigger eczema
While some factors that aggravate your eczema (also called atopic dermatitis), like winter weather conditions, are certainly out of your control, there are things you can control
Innovative skin cleansers
Mild cleansers are specifically designed to be gentler than regular brands. Because milder variations usually don't contain added colour or perfume, they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.
Is there a genetic or environmental basis for eczema?
Actually, both are influencing factors. Eczema is a genetic skin disease that arises from the interplay of multiple genes with environmental contributing factors.
Itching to find out more?
Eczema or dermatitis is an allergic reaction that affects the skin. Both genetic and environmental influences are contributing factors. For many, this very common condition develops in childhood and can either improve with age or recur throughout life.
Latex allergies
For Halloween, you'll want to stay away from latex masks if you have sensitive skin or an allergy to latex.
Managing your eczema ...
Do you suffer from eczema? You are not alone. It is estimated that eczema affects 10% to 15% of the population and is becoming increasingly common.
Mild soaps and cleansers ...
Mild soaps are specially designed to be gentler than regular brands. Because milder variations usually do not contain added colour or perfume, they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.
Natural does not mean non-allergenic ...
Just because a product contains natural ingredients it still has the potential to cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Natural products can still cause allergic reactions
The incidence rate of contact allergies (also referred to as contact dermatitis) in on the rise. Often times, it’s difficult to directly link the responsible allergen to the skin reaction.
Poisonous plants are no laughing matter ...
Poison ivy and other poisonous plants are no laughing matter. If you develop a reaction, soothe the itch with a cool shower and apply calamine lotion.
Skin allergies and Halloween makeup
A lot of Halloween makeup is thick and oily - which can lead to ghoulish skin problems in the days after the big party! If you have sensitive skin, try to spot the word “hypo-allergenic” on the packaging to lessen the chances of developing a skin irritation.
Skin Care Tips for Sensitive Skin Types
If your skin is easily irritated, prone to drying or allergic reactions, or react adversely to temperature changes, or pollution, you likely have sensitive skin. Other common symptoms include reactions to shaving or other physical pressure, overreaction to cosmetics, or a tingling sensation on the skin without the presence of rashes or other physical signs. Sensitive skin affects the facial areas most commonly, but can include other areas of the body. Both genetics and environmental factors contribute to sensitive skin.
Treatment for insect bites ...
The type of treatment depends on the kind of reaction. Cleanse the affected area with soap and water to remove any contaminants left by the insect.
Trying new skin care products?
Look for non-comedogenic products, which are less likely to cause blackheads (called open comedones) or whiteheads (closed comedones). The word -hypoallergenic- on product labels indicate that they are unlikely to cause allergic reactions.
Trying to control eczema?
Launder your clothes often. Try to eliminate any residual detergent left in clothing and bedding by adding less detergent to the load and doing a double rinse.
Uncovering the truth about unscented products
Does perfume-free always mean no perfume? Perfume-free products can sometimes still contain perfumes to mask the chemical smell of certain ingredients, but they may be labeled as preservatives instead.