WHAT MAKES US ITCH?

In our busy lifestyles we often have ramifications that can come from stress, products, genetics or exposure to elements & can result in sensitive skin & allergy outbreaks.

Irritated skin can be caused by a variety of factors as well. These include immune system disorders, medications & infections. When an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system response, then it is an allergic skin condition.

Eczema is the most common skin condition, especially in children. It affects one in five children but only one in fifty adults. Contact dermatitis is another allergy that can be a cause of skin irritations.

The most common causes of skin allergies include (but not limited too):

  • Chemicals
  • Cleaning products
  • Fragrance –synthetic or essential oils
  • Medications used on your skin
  • Additives used in makeup, jewelry, lotions, soap & shampoo
  • Insect sprays
  • Sunscreens
  • Latex, commonly used in plastic gloves, clothing, condoms & balloons

Trying to eliminate common irritants can be tiring and time consuming but is worth the effort in the long run for health and wellbeing.

Fragrances, (whether synthetic or extracts of) essential oils & dyes are additives that people with sensitive skin or allergies should consider avoiding. Moisturiser, soap, shampoo & other personal & cleaning products that contain essential oils can be irritating or allergenic to sensitive skin due to the concentrated effects of the oil. It’s fair to say that essential oils are not problematic for everyone, but people with sensitive skin, to be safe, should add them to the list of topical-things-to-avoid.

When looking for sensitive body wash or shampoo, look for something fragrance free, aim for a clear, colourless solution as products with artificial dyes or colours to match the fragrance or scent of the body wash or shampoo are most common in the market place.