Acne is a skin disorder that causes pimples when the passageway that connects the skin’s pores to the oil glands becomes clogged. Acne, which appears most often on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back, can come in many forms. Whiteheads and blackheads are the most commonly known; nodular and cystic acne are more severe because they form deep in the skin and can cause scars. Eighty percent of Americans will have acne at some point in their lives, and 60 percent will continue to experience it into adulthood.
Wondering what might be causing your scalp to itch? There are many reasons but a few main causes are: seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap), eczema, and scalp psoriasis. A healthy diet can help to reduce itchiness, as well as washing your hair to rid the dandruff. Many shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a known skin irritant that deposit in the hair follicles. Long term use may even lead to hair loss and itchy scalp. Using a gentle and nourishing shampoo & wash is the key to ease itchy scalp and avoid future flareups.
Dry skin, also known as xeroderma, is a very common condition that causes small fine flakes and dry patches. Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dry skin. Scratching may be hard to resist. Baby dry skin is more common in colder winter months and drier climates. Mature skin types are more prone to dryness than with younger individuals. Dry skin is more common in individuals with a history of eczema, atopic dermatitis, allergies, or asthma. The skin in elderly individuals tends to have diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants. Areas such as the arms, hands, and particularly lower legs and feet tend to be more affected by dry skin. Dryness of the skin is affected by the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air, or the humidity. A good moisturizer and a gentle cleanser are both important and should be used as part of the daily routine for dry skin.
Psoriasis is a chronic and disfiguring genetic disease. It is a buildup of excess skin tissue that looks red and thick and is covered with silvery scales. It first appears on the elbows and knees, but can spread to other parts of the limbs and even the trunk. Certain forms of psoriasis affect particular areas like the hands, scalp or the joints. Psoriasis is very obvious on the skin which can make patients with this disease feel self-conscious about the appearance of their skin. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease and the treatment often involves immuno-suppressant medications. Topical creams that moisturize skin and relieve itching could offer comfort to psoriasis sufferers.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer annually, and 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Contact dermatitis is a condition where patches on the skin become red and itch or burn after coming into contact with an irritant. When skin comes into contact with allergens, allergic reactions may occur one or two days after the initial contact. The more exposure to allergens, the more likely contact dermatitis will occur in response to the allergen. People often think food is a trigger for allergic contact dermatitis, but what we eat is rarely the cause.
So what are the common allergens for contact dermatitis? Commonly found substances such as bleach, soap, poison oak, certain metals, and various other irritants may cause your skin to have a negative reaction.
The most common cause for contact dermatitis is poison ivy. Poison ivy rash occurs when the skin reacts to an oily resin called urushiol in the leaves, roots, and stems of the poison ivy plant. Though the rash itself is not contagious, the resin can easily spread upon contact so make sure to thoroughly wash off the affected area with a mild soap if you happen to touch poison ivy. Irritated skin can be soothed with the help of a natural, anti-inflammatory and itch lotion.
Fragrances, nickel and certain preservatives such as thimerosal are also common causes of allergic contact dermatitis. Fragrance sensitivity is now seen between 8-15% of those with contact dermatitis. A fragrance is a compound of chemicals which creates an odor and is found in many products from makeup, skincare, to cleaning agents. It can be very difficult for sensitive individuals to pinpoint the exact compound they are allergic to, making it necessary to avoid heavily fragranced products. If you notice you are having a reaction to a certain product, stop using it immediately to avoid worsening your symptoms.
Nickel allergies are usually associated with earrings and other jewelry, however it is also often found in common items such as coins, zippers, cellphones, and eyeglass frames. If you notice rash, bumps, redness, or itching due to coming into contact with something that might contain nickel, you may have developed an allergy to it. Stop wearing jewelry or other items that contain nickel immediately, and look for alternatives such as hypoallergenic products instead.
Thimerosal is a preservative often found in certain topical antibiotics. It stops bacteria from growing in certain products and vaccines, however some people may be allergic and have a reaction to it. If you think you may be sensitive to thimerosal, check for it in the ingredients list of any topical product you may use. There are many other preservatives, such as parabens, that you could have a reaction to that can lead to contact dermatitis.
Minimizing your contact with allergens helps to prevent contact dermatitis, but once you have it, what are some of the best natural remedies to manage symptoms? First, make sure you clean the area of any irritating product or substances using a mild soap. Try using a cold compress, and aloe vera gel to reduce swelling, redness, and itching. Using a gentle, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturizer is important because it will help to soothe irritation and heal damaged skin. An ideal moisturizer adds a protective barrier that makes the skin less susceptible to irritants. It will also help to restore and protect your skin’s outermost layer to prevent future flare ups. With ingredients like aloe vera, calendula, vitamin E, a natural remedy cream may also relieve itching.
LEMYKA’s Healing Lotion (make sure it is linked to the product page) is a great option for a natural remedy that will minimize symptoms and help to heal your skin. Using this lotion daily as much as needed will offer immediate relief for contact dermatitis.