If you live with irritable skin, you’ll agree it is one of the most frustrating skin conditions. An estimated 53% of all Westerners have to cope with it at one time or another.
‘Irritable skin’ covers a wide range of problems, the best known being eczema. Sometimes known as atopic dermatitis, this is when the sufferer’s body is covered by a constant itchy rash, especially prevalent on the head, scalp, elbows and knees. A cause has yet to be discovered, though it appears to be hereditary, particularly with families with a history of asthma. Since there is no known cure, most treatments relieve the itching and reduce the amount of swelling.
Other commonly encountered rashes include contact dermatitis (a rash caused by exposure to an allergen- often caused by non-precious metal, cosmetics, rubber and perfume); drug rash (an allergic reaction to medication); miliaria (better known as heat rash- it’s caused when the sweat flow is restricted); intertigo (skin to skin friction causes the area to become inflamed) and psoriasis (when the sufferer’s skin life cycle is sped up, resulting in patches of dead, scaly skin). These conditions can vary from minor nuisances to greatly disabling, leading to feelings of inadequacy and depression.
So how should you avoid irritable skin? Try to notice patterns in your flare ups. If certain fabric conditioners or household cleaners seem to set it off, stop using them immediately; there are plenty of sensitive alternatives. If it’s triggered by the heat, do your utmost to keep cool- stay in the shade and take regular showers. If you’re one of the unlucky people who develop a rash after shaving, consider investing in a depilatory cream. Test it on a small area of skin before using it on the rest of your body. If makeup is the culprit, avoid cosmetics that contain additives and strong fragrances.
Treating irritable skin can seem like a battle. Often over the counter lotions can be too harsh, causing further problems. For guaranteed results, try the Restalyne range, whether the Restalyne Day Cream or the Restalyne Recover Cream; both reduce swelling and irritation as well as help the skin repair itself. Their analgesic and antiseptic properties reduce pain and bacterial infection. Another treatment that comes strongly recommended is the Obagi Rosaclear Hydrating Complexion Corrector; though primarily designed for rosacea sufferers, it helps combat a range of skin conditions. Since this treatment is prescription only, you will need to provide a medical history before purchase.