HELP!
MY SKIN IS REACTIVE, ALLERGIC

Skin allergy generally refers to a condition called contact dermatitis. Allergens such as metals (nickel, chrome), certain ingredients in cosmetics & fragrances or household cleaning products come into prolonged contact with the skin where they stimulate an immune response that causes an itching, burning, scaling rash. You’ll discover top tips about how to take the sting out of such skin reactions in the articles below.

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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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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How can I treat an allergic reaction on my skin?

Skin is the #1 site of allergy manifestations which come in many different forms ranging from hives to milder reactions such as redness, burning, and itching. To treat skin allergic reactions, cleanse with a high-tolerance non-rinse cleanser to remove allergens, then soothe with a thermal water spray and follow up with an ultra-soothing barrier cream formulated for allergic skin types.


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Can you be allergic to your own skin?

It is generally impossible to be allergic to your own skin. The only circumstance in which this occurs is sun allergy, where UV light modifies a substance in the skin, causing an allergic reaction.


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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 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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TRUE
OR FALSE

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
ARE NEVER ALLERGENIC.

FALSE

Certain fruits and vegetables contain high levels of compounds called salicylates(related to aspirin). In salicylate-sensitive individuals, foods rich in these compounds can actually make allergic symptoms such as hay fever, asthma, eczema and skin reactions worse.
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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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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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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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DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALLERGIES
CAN AFFECT THE SKIN

But contact dermatitis is not the only type of skin allergy. Skin also reacts to allergens - in our diet, our environment, and in medicines we take - often in the form of hives which are itchy red welts that appear on skin. In a milder form of reaction, allergy-prone skin itches, burns and stings when exposed to cosmetics that are not hypoallergenic and allergy-tested, or harsh ingredients in household cleaning products. One special case of skin allergy that you will discover in the articles below is sun allergy, where allergic-like symptoms are brought on by UV rays.

IS MY SKIN
SENSITIVE, REACTIVE OR ALLERGY-PRONE?

Allergy-prone skin is not the same as sensitive or reactive skin types. Whereas allergy-prone skin reacts to specific allergens with visible reactions, sensitive skin experiences discomfort (tingling, itching, burning etc.) either all the time, or in response to internal (think stress or spicy food) and external (think hard water or air conditioning) trigger factors. You probably won’t see any visible changes in sensitive skin. A separate entity, reactive skin reacts to internal and external triggers with the same unpleasant sensations, plus visible symptoms of redness and flushing.

The articles in this section will tell you more about these 3 tricky skin types, including the specific daily care that will help keep them all in their comfort zones.

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Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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ON VERY SENSITIVE
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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.