Dry skin, tingling and itching, small pimples and redness … These are all typical symptoms of sensitive skin that is often prone to allergies. In winter, when the weather additionally affects the skin, the problems can escalate to such an extent that they can no longer be hidden even with make-up. Here are some important steps you can take to help your skin.
Some struggle with dry, sensitive skin of the face and body for life, with occasional periods of improvement and worsening. For many, so-called eczema or dermatitis – an allergic skin disease that manifests as itching and a red rash on the skin – manifests itself in early childhood. Dermatitis on the skin is often a consequence of various allergies, it can be to certain foods, mites, animal hair, but it can also be a reaction to certain cosmetic preparations that contain an ingredient to which already sensitive skin further reacts.
“An allergic reaction is an immune-mediated reaction of our body to substances with which we are in contact, which in themselves are not harmful.” explained the dermatologist Maja Kalac Pandurovic, dr. with. “It is an excessive reaction of the immune system to allergens, which are mainly protein particles derived from various organic ingredients such as food, pollen, animal epithelium. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can be general or localized to the organ through which the allergen entered the body: skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, oral cavity. “
Some things can put extra strain on the skin
If an individual with sensitive skin prone to allergies consistently avoids allergens, the condition usually improves somewhat on its own. In addition, itching and skin rashes can be exacerbated by some external factors, such as:
- windy, cold weather in autumn and winter;
- warm and dry indoor air created by space heating in the cold months;
- use of inappropriate cosmetics for sensitive skin – from soap and shampoo to makeup;
- wearing clothes made of artificial, synthetic materials;
- viral or bacterial infections;
- exposure to stress.
We like to underestimate the latter. And dermatologist Maja Kalač Pandurović warns:
Stress can cause disease outbreaks in people who suffer from inflammatory allergic skin conditions. The data thus show that stress activates immune cells, which are central to the onset and duration of skin diseases. Prolonged stress can therefore cause even skin diseases, but it certainly affects the beautiful and healthy appearance of the skin.
In dry skin, the skin barrier is damaged
The skin, which is our largest organ, has one main task: it protects us from harmful external influences, in addition, it ensures that moisture from the body stays there and does not penetrate the epidermis. The skin barrier is crucial, but with dry, sensitive skin, the skin barrier is torn and damaged. As a result, the skin loses moisture and at the same time absorbs more harmful substances from the environment, which would not be the case with a healthy barrier that works well. “Intolerant skin is an overreaction to the slightest irritation. Intolerance is caused by excessive irritation of the skin’s nerve fibers and a weakened skin barrier,” says the interlocutor.
Problems with the skin barrier are usually most noticeable on the hands, and especially on the face, because there the skin is more exposed to external influences than anywhere else on our body – UV rays, weather conditions, in women with more or less aggressive makeup. Therefore, dry skin, which can also be accompanied by pimples or dermatitis, rash, itching and redness, is often present on the face, where the problems are most difficult to hide.
What can you do yourself?
When managing dry skin prone to allergies, you will do a lot by following some basic steps:
- As much as possible, avoid allergens that cause allergic reactions. If certain foods cause skin problems, give them up. The most allergenic are eggs, wheat and cow’s milk. Unfortunately, if you are allergic to cat hair, you cannot imagine a cat as a pet. If your allergic reactions are caused by mites, you should regularly vacuum and wipe the dust and change the bedding and clean the carpets more often.
- Wear clothes made of natural materials and wash them at at least 60 degrees Celsius. The same goes for the towels and bed linen you use.
- In the autumn-winter period, when we heat our homes, make sure that there is a sufficient level of humidity in the apartment or house.
- Avoid cosmetic procedures and preparations that irritate your sensitive skin.
- Take care of proper skin care: go for creams and serums that are made only for sensitive skin prone to allergies and eczema.
The dermatologist emphasizes:
We recommend the use of creams that strengthen the skin barrier and moisturize the skin, and which contain a combination of soothing active ingredients to reduce irritation of skin nerve fibers and regulate the biological mechanisms responsible for intolerance.
New line La Roche-Posay TOLERIANE Dermallergo
In the case of irritated, dry skin, it is important not only to feed it with the necessary nutrients, but also to alleviate acute inflammatory processes. Ideal for the care of dry, sensitive skin prone to allergies, the new line of the La Roche-Posai TOLERIANE Dermallergo brand, which includes a moisturizing face cream, eye cream and soothing moisturizing serum. These are three products of different textures, so everyone will definitely find the one that suits them best.
All three products are tested on skin prone to allergies, under strict dermatological and ophthalmological supervision. The products do not contain alcohol, silicones and fragrances, and are enriched with the innovation Sphingobioma (bacterial extract), which strengthens and stimulates the microbiome, and Neurosencin, an effective sedative that acts on the signs of skin irritation and sensitivity.
TOLERIANE Dermallergo cream is a moisturizing cream for daily use on dry to very dry skin that is sensitive and prone to allergies. Soothes and moisturizes irritated skin, and also works against redness and signs of aging. Apply the cream in the morning and in the evening on a well-cleansed face and neck. A clinical study conducted on 24 women of white origin, aged 18 to 65, showed that it restores and protects the skin barrier in the first hour after application, otherwise it provides skin hydration for 48 hours.
For the eye area, also use a moisturizing, regenerating cream every morning and evening Toleriane Dermallergo Ieuk, intended for sensitive skin prone to allergies and eczema. Apply a small amount of the product on the fingertips and gently apply it around the eyes and eyelids. Press lightly on the skin in a circular motion in the direction from the inside of the eye to the outside. Finish the treatment with light pressure on the whole eye.
For additional soothing and strengthening of sensitive and irritated dry skin, it is even more soothing here Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo serum, ultra concentrated in neurosensin. Proven in the aforementioned clinical study with 24 women, it offers immediate and intensive relief of skin problems, while effectively restoring and strengthening the skin barrier. Thanks to the extremely fresh, non-sticky texture of the serum, it easily penetrates deeper into the skin, without persistent massage.
Consistency is very important for sensitive skin
For sensitive skin, in addition to proper care, which includes products specially adapted for allergic skin, consistency is also very important. Choose products that suit your skin and do not change your care routine every few weeks. Don’t experiment. Especially if you find a line like TOLERIANE Dermallergo that is made only for the most sensitive skin prone to dermatitis and eczema. Only consistently will you be able to avoid periods of drastic deterioration and make sure that, despite dry skin and skin prone to allergies, you will not constantly feel annoying itching, burning and irritation.
“For daily care, we recommend regular use of creams and lotions and balms for skin care prone to atopy and topical preparations that restore and strengthen and soothe the skin barrier. For daily washing, we recommend the use of soap substitutes or syndet. Water during bathing and / or always shower or shower no longer than 10 minutes. After showering, dry the skin with water and do not rub it with a towel. and wear synthetic and woolen clothes, “ a dermatologist advises for the end.