The skin allergies are persistent and annoying issues, which, unfortunately, are triggered by a number of distinct factors.
But when you know what caused the problem, it is easier to get rid of it! So that is why we will reveal the most common reasons for skin allergies
What causes skin allergies?
The main factors which cause allergic reactions to the skin are:
- Ingredients in your cosmetic and household products
- Free radicals
There is an endless amount of allergens which are used as ingredients in household and cosmetic products. The most common are:
- Alcohols. Dry the skin down by stripping its natural oils. The skin becomes flaky and cracking.
- Formaldehyde. Causes rash, itchy-painful sensation, and redness.
- Sulfates. Strip the natural oils of the skin and leave the skin flaky, red and itchy.
- Fragrances/perfumes. Sometimes they can cause a burning sensation, rash, and redness.
- Silicones. They trap all the dirt inside the skin and cause redness, itchy or burning sensation, swelling, and rash.
- Benzoic acid. This preservative is toxic and can easily cause a rash, swelling, and itchiness.
- Parabens. They disrupt the hormone function and can lead to chronic red spots, bumps, blemishes, etc.
- Phenoxyethanol. This preservative is known to be a strong irritator, causing swelling, cracking, rash, etc.
Always check the ingredients of the products you are using! This ‘habit’ will save you money, worries, and health problems.
Free radicals are external factors, which destroy the protective barrier of the skin cells and damage their DNA. They reduce the regenerative function of the skin, make it more vulnerable and slow down the production of new, healthy skin cells. The free radicals that impact the skin include:
- Polluted air and water. When air and water are polluted, they contain tiny toxic particles, which, when entering in contact with the skin, destroy its natural protective barrier and reduce its ability to regenerate itself.
- Smoking. This habit slows down skin cells regeneration and introduces toxicity in the body.
- Dust. When you stay in a dusty room, you often sneeze. That is because the body wants to get rid of the inhaled dust. The same applies to the skin. It may lead to rash, itchiness, redness, which to remind you to go away from the dusty environment.
- Radiation. It acts on deep skin level, by destroying the skin cells` barrier and their ability to regenerate, trapping toxic particles inside the skin structure.
- UV light. This one particular type of radiation. It can lead to red rash, burning, and itchiness. And if you burn while sunbathing, this radiation triples the chance of skin cancer.
Many people think that food cannot cause contact dermatitis or hives. In fact. But that is not true! As the skin can absorb everything we put on it, it can absorb the juices of the fruits and vegetables (if applied externally).
For example, if I rub a slice of tomato on my face, the skin will get red, itchy and tight.
The foods which can cause contact dermatitis reaction from outside are:
- Citrus fruits
After contact with all of those foods, you may experience burning, itchy sensation, contributed with rash or redness.
However, the foods which cause eczema act from the inside. The main food allergens are:
- Red meat
- Wheat (gluten)
Those foods stimulate the production of mucus in the body, which is the main cause of allergic symptoms.