Skin in Allergy Season
The beauty that spring brings can mess with our skin routines. It can be challenging for those with skin conditions due to a higher risk of flare-ups. If one is experiencing a runny nose, itchy, puffy, or watery eyes, itchy, dry skin, or possibly skin reactions, blame allergies. Allergies trigger the body’s immune response.
Spring allergies typically run from February to the start of summer. Pollen is the highest around this time because, well, plants and trees are pollinating. In wetter or more humid places, mold can be added as an irritant. People who are aware of their allergies have medication on hand. Some have to visit their dermatologists because their skin goes into overdrive.To reduce allergens, the Mayo Clinic suggests keeping your indoor air clean. They also state:
"Seasonal allergy signs and symptoms can flare up when there's a lot of pollen in the air. These steps can help you reduce your exposure:
- Check your local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or the Internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
- If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
- Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.
- Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest."
More TipsKeeping your microbiome in check is a huge help when it comes to easing allergies and skin issues. Choose a healthy diet packed with probiotics. Omega-3 is an outstanding eczema food, too. Increase immune-boosting foods. Mushrooms are said to be beasts when it comes to protecting our bodies.
Although Covid restrictions have been lifted, it's good to wear an N-95 mask if one has allergies. It can help prevent allergens from entering your nose, mouth, and throat.Wearing sunglasses can help during windy days by helping to avoid irritants from flying directly into your eyes. They're great at easing crow's feet, too. Less squinting is always better.Go fragrance-free (unscented is not fragrance-free). Some of our care products carry skin irritants, mainly from fragrances. Scents can bother the skin if anyone has atopic dermatitis skin or sensitivities. It's even worse in the spring.
Fragrance-Free vs. Unscented
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains, "Some products may have the terms fragrance-free or unscented on their packaging. Understanding the differences between these two terms is important for consumers and purchasers looking for products without fragrances. Fragrance-free means that fragrance materials or masking scents are not used in the product. Unscented generally means that the product may contain chemicals that neutralize or mask the odors of other ingredients."If one smokes, now is the time to quit. Whether it’s a cigarette, cigar, vape, or other substances, smoke is smoke. Smoke is already a colossal irritant and skin ager. Add allergies to the party; it's a toxic skin cocktail. Nothing good comes from smoking.
Find peace and rest because stress can only add to possible skin reactions or skin conditions. If allergies become too much to handle, please see a board-certified dermatologist to help.
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