Skin Irritations - Prevent or Ease
Skin irritations can include dryness, itchiness, redness, and more. They vary in seriousness, can be frustrating, and even affect our self-confidence. Sometimes it can be hard to manage.
Besides just being uncomfortable, irritated skin often can lead to wounds, scars, and infections, especially if it is scratched.
When cleansing and treating the skin daily, we can't ignore it. These are some basic suggestions to start with.
Generally, we should look to use fewer products that contain fewer ingredients.
LESS IS MORE!
Here are some causes that can be responsible for our irritations,
Hormones imbalance could be behind our skin sensitivities/irritations. It's important to know that such hormonal processes might be causing skin irritation.
The endocrine gland regulates the hormones in our bodies. They control many processes, like reproduction, repair, and growth. When they are out of balance, we suffer emotionally, mentally, or physically. Our irritated skin can be one way our body indicates this imbalance.
Poor quality or lack of sleep can harmfully influence our skin. Lack of sleep can harm our skin's microbiome, leading to inflammation, skin disorders, and irritation such as itching.
Our skincare aids (and products) can contribute to skin disruptions. Take a makeup brush, for example. The oils, makeup, and dust on the brash hair are a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause acne. When hair follicles get clogged with bacteria, it can lead to acne, rashes, and irritation. Consistent cleaning of these tools is necessary.
Our skincare products have to be selected carefully.
1. Avoid Sodium lauryl/Laureth sulfate - SLS is a foaming agent in products that bubble. Toothpaste, shampoo, body wash (and laundry and dish detergents), but not in a soap bar. Note that SLS can be plant-based and still irritate the skin.
2. Avoid synthetic fragrance - when this term appears (fragrance or perfume) in the ingredients list, it can hide so many unlisted ingredients, many of which are allergens. Synthetic scents can irritate you with sensitive skin, eczema, or other skin conditions.
3. Essential oils - when your irritated skin is very aggravated, with redness or itching, or cracking, avoid using products with essential oils until the skin heals. When the skin has healed, and you want to add them, add one at a time, follow the skin's response and gradually add on it.
4. Exfoliants, scrubs - when your skin is red, flaky, and irritated, don't polish or scrub it. Wait until your skin heals to use gentle scrubs for the body and even more gentle polishes for your face.
More general steps that can be helpful are:
Switching to natural household and skin products is an essential start, while diet and stress management is a significant edition.
Follow the food items that arouse your skin conditions - track your diet by keeping documented food notes and make sure you write down the influence of specific foods on your skin. Eliminate particular kinds of food gradually and track them. Remove dairy for two weeks, and see if you notice any improvement, then follow it with another type of food.
Address your stress - not simple, I know! But with some effort to gain awareness and some practical tools, it can progressively be addressed.
Stress can increase irritation in the skin. It is a critical component of many skin sensitivities, being an initial trigger or an aggravating influence. When stress harms our endocrine system, it throws our hormones out of balance.
Eventually, psychological stress can show up on our skin due to this hormonal disruption.
Training ourselves with stress management tools, such as exercises, yoga, mindfulness, reading, and relaxing time, is worth training. It must be taken very seriously.