Have you ever had skin allergies?
If you have, remember that you are not alone! I have sensitive skin, and if I am not careful, I often experience redness, itchiness, flakiness, and tightness. But no matter of the skin type, we are all prone to suffering from skin allergies.
I’ve had many skin allergies in the past. And I have tried all kinds of cosmetic products, homemade recipes, and ‘rituals’ to relieve the symptoms. After approximately 5 years of ‘suffering,’ I managed to figure out what actually works to reduce the annoying skin allergy symptoms!
But let’s start from the beginning of the topic.
Let’s get started!
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Symptoms of skin allergy
- Burning sensation
- Flaky skin
Usually, the symptoms can last from a few hours to up to 2 weeks. There are 3 different types of allergies, as they differ in the duration of the symptoms.
You will recognize that you have this type of allergic reaction because the symptoms appear immediately, and disappear quickly afterward (usually after a few hours; maximum after a week). This allergy appears as itchy, red bumps, which can be with different sizes. They are around those bumps is often swollen.
The symptoms do not appear immediately. You will start noticing them a few hours (sometimes even a few days) after the skin has been affected and they can last for up to 2 weeks. The contact dermatitis can appear as red blisters, cracked, and swollen skin. It is often more painful than itchy. If it is very severe, ulcerations may appear.
Unfortunately, you cannot heal contact dermatitis quickly and you have to be patient!
It is usually chronic, and the cause for it is unknown (or it is difficult to identify it). Often the symptoms cannot be fully cured but only can be put under control. It is characterized by cracking and flaking skin, which sometimes can also bleed (then it looks like an open cut or wound). Under the crusts, there may be yellowy liquid. Excema is painful and itchy at the same time.
How to get rid of skin allergy?
If you know what caused you the symptoms, it will be easy to stay away from it! And that will help you to get better quickly.
- Stay away from food allergens!
If you have identified the reason for the skin allergy, that is great! But do not forget to stay away from foods that cause allergy from inside! They won’t do you good but prolong the healing process.
- Cleanse your skin!
While having an allergic reaction, it is important to keep the skin clean. At the same time, you should not strip the natural oils of the skin (thus it is better to avoid soaps and cleansers with sulfates). Using cream cleanser is the best way to handle the situation! And when cleansing, always use lukewarm water.
- Use moisturizers with ceramides!
Ceramides are tiny particles that act as skin cells. They repair the skin barrier and make it stronger by boosting the production of new, healthy cells.
- Do NOT use new cosmetic products!
If you have never used an antihistamine, hydrocortisone or other calming creams, this is not the right time to start using them. Although those are the primary ‘medicines’ that deal with skin allergies, you may also be allergic to one of them! And the allergic reaction may become more severe and slowly healing!
- Use honey!
The honey has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It will kill the bacteria and microorganisms that cause the allergic reaction and will make your skin soft and vibrant. Just put some pure honey on your skin, gently massage it, and wash it off with lukewarm water.