WE’VE ALL HEARD OF ALLERGY…
BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
Key event in all allergic reactions is histamine release triggered by “allergy bombs” called mast cells that are primed to react to specific allergens. This is what causes all the characteristic symptoms that drive us crazy: redness, itching, burning, swelling ...
SKIN : THE #1 SITE
OF ALLERGY MANIFESTATION
There are 3 main types of allergic skin reactions:
- Urticaria or “hives”: A super common instant reaction to substances that touch our skin, as well as the foods we eat or medications we take. It is a widespread, raised, red and incredibly itchy rash.
- Contact dermatitis: A scaling, itching, burning rash sometimes with vesicles and/or oozing. This red skin rash can take weeks to fade. It can be either irritant or allergic in origin and crops up around 48 hours after exposure. The commonest causes include nickel, harsh alkaline soaps and household cleaning products. Some cosmetics with additives may cause similar reactions as well.
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema): In eczema, the skin barrier is “defective” which allows allergens and irritants to break through the barrier, reach the deeper skin layers and cause irritation. This causes an itch-scratch cycle that can interfere with sleep and quality of life, especially for children. A well-tolerated emollient is always the first step of a soothing allergy skincare routine that helps repair the skin’s barrier function.
MY SKIN REACTIONS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY…
WHAT CAN I DO?
Increasing numbers of people experience allergic skin type reactions to the wrong cosmetics, the wrong washing powder and even household products. The on-skin results? Itching, burning, surface dryness, sometimes dramatic visible reactions… sound familiar?
Here are 3 top strategies for dealing with these reactions:
- Strengthen your skin’s barrier with a cream you can trust. That means well-tolerated ingredients and minimal preservatives and fragrances. This barrier will help protect skin from contact allergens such as pollen and laundry detergents.
- Keep your cool as there are many little things you can do to take the sting out of skin reactions. For a start, keep your creams in the fridge.
- If all else fails… Hide your “allergy face” with make-up! A few simple tips can make all the difference to distract from the symptoms of allergic skin:
- Red, watering eyes: distract from redness with black lashes and opt for a waterproof mascara if tearing and smudging are issues.
- Dark circles: Fortunately, La Roche-Posay's Pigmentclar is an excellent eye cream for dark circles. these can be worsened by allergic rhinitis. Pick a supersoft penbrush to dot over the area with intense concealer pigments in a yellow tone, before blending with a clean fingertip.
- Facial flushing and redness: correct excessive red pigment in your complexion with a green corrector pen, then follow up with a soothing fluid foundation.
(Product links: Respectissime mascara, LRP waterproof mascara, Toleriane Teint Corrective Pens, Toleriane Teint Fluide)
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