A flare-up is the last thing anyone wants, especially if you have sensitive skin or you suffer from skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis etc. Skin irritation disturbs your daily routine and can mess up a well-planned day. Skin irritation comes with itching, redness, and if you happen to scratch your skin, it might result in bruises and inflamed skin.
Here are ways to prevent skin irritation.
1. Stay away from harsh products
Try to study your body. If you do, you will know what causes your flare-ups and how best to avoid them. Your flare-ups could be the result of a product you just started using. If you react badly after using a detergent, discard it and use another one. Some chemicals used to produce these things might be too harsh for your type of skin. Just because it worked well for someone doesn't mean it will work for you.
2. Avoid fragrance body creams/lotion
Some body creams are loaded with synthetic fragrances that can irritate your skin after use. You might be tempted to continue using it because you do not want to waste your money but it is dangerous. You are exposing your skin to harmful substances. Stay away from products with parabens and colour. They could be responsible for your flare-ups.
3. Get natural and softer clothing
Cotton is the best choice for the skin. It is soft and does not irritate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to stay away from lacey clothing, especially underwear. It might lead to itchy skin, and the more you scratch, the worse it becomes. Wear clothes that go with the season or weather. Stay away from loose clothes during the cool weather and wear loose clothes during the hot season. That will prevent heat rashes.
Sometimes, our flare-ups occur when we are stressed. Build up of stress can cause itchy skin for some people. Learn to relax.
Study your body. Nobody can know you better than yourself. You know what you eat and what gives you flare-ups. Some people react after taking milk or peanuts. So, try as much as possible to stay away from such triggers. If laundry detergent gives you flare-ups, switch to liquid soaps. Just take note of any changes on your skin and write them down. Try as much as possible to prevent rather than cure. It saves money, time and stress.