ALLERGY-PRONE SKIN
SOLUTIONS AND TREATMENTS

Allergy-prone skin reactions can look dramatic or even scary (rashes, scaling, red welts) and feel extremely uncomfortable (prickling, itching, burning sensations). 

The good news is that expert dermocosmetic skincare products (combined with over-the-counter and prescription medications where necessary) are at hand in the pharmacy for allergy-prone skin.

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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What does hypoallergenic mean?

Hypoallergenic simply means that a product (usually a cosmetic) is unlikely to cause allergic reactions. However, many brands lay claim to being hypoallergenic without robust testing protocols. TOLERIANE Ultra is tested on the most sensitive to allergic skin and has proven itself to be truly hypoallergenic.


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How long does an allergic skin reaction last?

This depends on the type of reaction. Urticaria (hives) should last no more than 24 hours. Contact dermatitis can take weeks to fade. Eczema is a chronic condition that needs to be managed over the course of years. More subtle allergic-like reactions (itching, burning sensations) can be rapidly soothed with a thermal water spray and hypoallergenic barrier cream.


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What causes rashes?

Rashes can be caused by any number of different medical conditions, including viral infections, allergies and auto-immune diseases. If you have a new rash, it is important that you see a doctor for an informed diagnosis. In some cases, rashes can be caused by reactions to additives in cosmetics. If your rash coincides with product use, consider switching to a hypoallergenic formula.


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What can I do about skin rashes that itch?

Skin rashes that itch include urticaria (hives), contact dermatitis and eczema. All will benefit from an over-the-counter oral anti-histamine. In addition, spritzing Thermal Spring Water will instantly calm itching. Then, reinforce your skin’s barrier with a hypoallergenic moisturiser. If itchy rashes are recurrent, try visiting an allergist to pinpoint the cause of your problems.

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OR FALSE

NO SHOWER IS THE BEST
POLICY FOR ALLERGIC SKINS.

FALSE

If you don’t cleanse at the end of the day, you are leaving allergens and irritants such as pollen and pollution in contact with your skin all night long. They can interfere with skin's barrier function and cause irritation.
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ALCOHOL CAN MAKE
YOUR ALLERGIES WORSE.

TRUE

Alcohol is a potential cause of skin allergy. In fact, scientists have shown that alcohol can make any allergic reaction worse, whether it’s asthma, allergic rhinitis, or different kinds of skin rash. It is partly due to the histamine and sulphites molecules contained in these alcoholic beverages.
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DIY RECIPEES ARE BANNED
FOR SENSITIVE SKINS.

TRUE

Fun though it may be, raiding your kitchen cupboards and concocting your very own skin treatments is a recipe for reactions if you have allergic-type skin. Indeed, many natural ingredients can be highly irritant.
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YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSH
CAN GIVE YOU ALLERGIES.

TRUE

Make-up brushes and applicators can be real dust and allergy traps, so need to be washed regularly. Clean your brushes with hypoallergenic soap, or make-up brush cleanser to get a clean bill of health.
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HOW TO CARE
FOR ALLERGY-PRONE SKIN

The basics: When it comes to cleansing, gentler is better. It is important not to strip skin of its protective layer of lipids. Ask your pharmacist about very gentle cleansers suitable for allergy-prone skin. After cleansing your skin, your soothing go-to is a thermal spring water mist (which can be spritzed on to a cotton pad and used as a cold compress for SOS soothing). To complete your allergy-prone skincare routine, look for an intensely soothing ultra-hypoallergenic barrier cream formulated with a minimum of ingredients to make your skin less vulnerable over time.

ALLERGY-PRONE SKIN AND SKIN'S LIVING ECOSYSTEM:
THE MICROBIOME

Optimal dermatological skincare solutions for allergy-prone skin should also act on skin’s invisible barrier of living micro-organisms, its microbiome, which is essential to its wellbeing and protection. For a skin-soothing effect that lasts, use a thermal water mist and barrier creams enriched with thermal water, since this ingredient is a natural prebiotic able to replenish skin’s surface ecosystem for long-term soothing, protection and relief.

In this section, you will discover comprehensive allergy-prone skincare routines with product recommendations to help soothe irritations. You will also learn more about La Roche-Posay’s commitment to creating products that are safer for the most sensitive to allergic skin types. Finally, if you decide to consult an allergist, we provide information on what to expect and how you prepare your consultation (with a downloadable allergy diary template to fill in).

OUR SAFETY
COMMITMENTS

Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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100% PRODUCTS
ALLERGY TESTED

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One Prerequisite = Zero Allergic reactions
If we detect a single case, we go back to the labs and reformulate
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FORMULA PROTECTION
OVER TIME

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We select the most protective packaging associated with only the necessary preservatives, to guarantee intact tolerance and efficacy over time.
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JUST THE ESSENTIAL,
AT THE RIGHT ACTIVE DOSE

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Developed in collaboration with dermatologist and toxicologist, our products contain only the necessary ingredients, at the right active dose.
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TESTED
ON VERY SENSITIVE
 SKIN

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Our products' tolerance is verified on the most sensitive skin: reactive, allergic, acne-prone, atopic, damaged or weakened by cancer treatments.

DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.