Surely you have ever felt like the skin of your face, after contact with a substance or product, becomes red or irritated. Many times even this is accompanied by a lot of itching and after the scratching appears a very annoying rash. If it has happened to you, it is possible that you are facing an allergic reaction that will require specific care to return your skin to its natural state.
What is going on with me?
Some components of the facial treatment products that we use in our day to day can irritate our skin. What is produced is an allergic reaction to these active ingredients and the skin is defended by means of a tissue inflammation to avoid the absorption of said component and to minimize the damage that it could produce.
However, it should be noted that allergic reactions depend on the individual and their immune system and not on the product applied. There may be different answers in each person.
Steps for the treatment of skin allergy
Faced with a possible skin allergy on the face, the first recommendation is not to be alarmed. Most skin allergies or contact dermatitis have symptoms of short duration and their treatment is usually easy to perform:
- Identify the trigger or allergen: it is very important to know what has produced it. To find out what you got in a short space of time because allergic reactions do not take more than 24 hours. When in doubt, suspend the application of that product.
- See what signs or symptoms you notice: allergic reactions can be expressed in very different ways. However, care must be taken when the symptoms worsen in a short time, especially if the inflammation occurs in the neck or tongue, due to the risk of respiratory involvement.
- It reduces the itching and scratching: we recommend that you do not scratch, although we know it will not be easy. In less severe cases, we can try to relieve ourselves with products based on thermal water, which have a calming and decongestant effect. There are products containing painkillers of plant and natural origin, such as chamomile, calendula, calamine, aloe vera or rosemary, which are decongestants, especially if the local cold is associated. Do not use ice or frozen products directly applied to the skin, since you could cause a burn that would complicate the allergic picture.
- Use soothing moisturizers: use moisturizers with anti-inflammatory or antihistamine base with soothing function. The emollients must recover the hydration that is lost due to the allergic reaction due to inflammation.
- Specific treatment: if despite the application of local cold, creams or natural remedies, itching or inflammation persists, we recommend that you go to the doctor. Sometimes the organism is not able to know that it should not continue with the defense reaction, the inflammation is maintained and, consequently, also these symptoms so annoying.
Treatments include anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and chemical or biological immunomodulators such as vaccines.
The best care of all: prevention
- Use hypoallergenic products properly tested in your day to day as well as when you feel redness or swelling.
- Avoid products that contain parabens, fragrances or dyes, because they are likely to be irritating.
- Check the conservation and durability of the products you use, because the elements can react to environmental conditions and damage your skin.
- Avoid cold or humidity.
- Adjust your diet It provides the correct concentration of vitamins A, C and E and, above all, drinks water regularly.
But, mainly, we recommend that you make a daily care of your skin to keep it hydrated and clean. A skin that is not properly cleansed is more susceptible to inflammatory or allergic reactions.