If you’re certain that your skin is reacting to products that you apply then you should start some detective work to figure out the cause. The best approach is to eliminate everything except water and a mild cleanser. Once your skin is clear for about two weeks, then try adding products one at a time about a week apart. If a reaction starts you should look carefully at the ingredients list to figure out what caused the reaction. Also eliminate any sprays you might be using, including perfumes, cleaning sprays, hair sprays, etc. Consider that the reaction may be to your shampoo, conditioner or detergent. It is worth looking at your fabric softener as well; those are often a problem.

diagnostic clues

diagnostic clues

  • Skin appears blotchy
  • Diffused redness
  • Flushing tendency
  • Easily aggressed or sensitized when placed under stress
  • May mark and scar easily

Possible Causes

Possible Causes Here are some of the factors that may be contributing to skin reactions

  • Allergy to individual ingredients
  • Skin’s immune system in a hyperactive state
  • Barrier function of the skin is impaired
  • Disturbance in skin microflora
  • Genetic factors
  • Essential fatty acid deficiency from a ‘fat free diet’
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Excessive UV exposure
  • Menopause

Important Lifestyle Considerations

Important Lifestyle Considerations Here are some suggestions on lifestyle changes that should have a balancing effect on your skin

  • Avoid abrasive exfoliants
  • Use non-drying masks
  • Reduce free radical exposure
  • Minimal sun exposure with physical sun protection at all times – that means cover up or use a mineral sun block
  • Take an omega-3 supplement with at least 400mg of long chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Make sure that you are not allergic to fish oil – the symptoms are often facial swelling and a rash.
  • pH of ALL products must be in the 4.5 – 5.5 range
  • Avoid excessive coffee and alcohol
  • Avoid dry air-conditioned atmospheres

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