Treatment for Skin Irritation
What is the best treatment for skin irritation? This is a simple question but, as with many straightforward questions, the answer can be anything but simple.
Minor skin irritation is an inevitable consequence of our modern, hectic lifestyles. Every day we encounter air borne pollution all around us. In addition, many of the products we use and handle regularly contain chemical additives.
Indeed, just the sheer pressure of modern life itself can exert a strain on our bodies. This often manifests itself in skin blemishes and itchiness.
We may not be able to easily change our lifestyle, but an easy to follow skin care routine can eliminate most of those little irritations.
Persistent skin irritation can leave you engulfed in the infamous itch-scratch-itch cycle. Here, scratching an itch results in increased skin sensitivity that, in turn, leads to a greater urge to scratch. Only, the next time you scratch even harder and longer. So, the cycle repeats time after time and with each repetition comes the possibility of damage to the epidermis.
People caught in the itch-scratch-itch cycle can find that their condition leads to skin blemishes and inflammation. In severe cases, painfully sore, open wounds can develop.
As with nearly all health concerns, the quicker the problem is addressed, the easier the treatment is and the sooner the recovery.
Once you realise that you have stubborn skin irritation, and this is not always easy as we often scratch at an itch subconsciously, you should take prompt action to address the underlying cause.
Make sure the affected area is clean. This is important as many incidences of itchiness result from contact with impurities. Wash the skin with a mild, fragrance free soap or lotion. This will ensure that any allergens are removed from the surface. Dry by blotting with a thick, soft cotton towel. Do not rub yourself dry as any abrasion may result in further irritation.
Having cleansed the area, wait a few minutes to allow a chance for the itch to subside.
Continued irritation may be eased with a cold compress applied to the area. Alternatively, an anaesthetic cream may be used. If so, gently smooth the cream on the skin surface, do not vigorously rub it in. Whilst these methods can give almost immediately relief, they are obviously impracticable as on-going treatments.
If you detect any sign of an insect bite or sting, apply a specialist cream, usually containing antihistamines. These are readily available over the counter. However, keep a watch on the area. Some insect bites can result in infection and some people display a progressive reaction to stings. Once you have removed the source of the irritation your main aim should be to prevent it repeating. Of course, insect bites and stings are usually chance occurrences. But, you should be aware to guard against further contact with offending contaminants, allergens and products with chemical additives.
There are also a number of basic measures that you can introduce into your normal daily routine that will be beneficial for you and your skin’s health.
Dry skin can be a source of irritation. Many people in their professional and personal lives need to regularly undertake tasks that can induce dry skin. To protect against this, use a moisturising cream to maintain your skins correct hydration levels.
Derma Shield not only moisturises but it also contains a natural antipruritic to give itch relief. It is clinically tested and completely non-toxic and grease free. Once applied, Derma Shield provides a microscopic layer that helps reduce contact with allergens and is effective for up to five hours.
Vitamin E is widely acknowledged as being vital in promoting and maintaining healthy skin. In addition, Vitamin E has also been associated with a host of other health benefits. So, make sure you eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin E. Good sources include, salmon, sardines, mackerel, spinach, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, blackberries, nuts, wholegrain bread, egg yokes, soft margarine, olive and sunflower oil.
Some people experience food allergies and intolerances so, take note of what you eat and when. You may discover that your itchy skin is linked to a particular food or group of foods.
Derma Shield has vitamin E ingredients that help promote soft, smooth skin and compliment a healthy, varied diet.
Cool, loose fitting clothes that feel comfortable are always preferably, especially during the summer months. Avoid clothes that rub against your skin or feel tight and restrictive. If you suffer from sensitive skin, you do not want to exacerbate the problem with a constant rubbing from underwear or other garments.
If you suffer from skin irritation in the vicinity of jewellery or body studs then you might be suffering from a metal allergy. In these cases, the treatment is simple. Remove the item for a few days and observe if your condition improves.
Do not damage your skin by washing with, or bathing in, hot water. Lukewarm water is kinder to your skin. Taking a shower is better for you, and for the environment, than having a bath. If your skin feels tight and wrinkled after washing then you need to turn down the heat.
Household cleaning products are a frequent cause of skin irritation. The strong chemicals and various fragrance additives found in many products may be excellent for keeping the home fresh and clean, but they are also a common source of skin irritation. The obvious action in these circumstances is to try a different brand and see if your skin irritation lessens.
As winter approaches remember that cold winds tend to dry the skin. Moisturising with a high quality barrier cream will give some protection. You should also dress appropriately with a suitable windproof coat, gloves and scarf.
Derma Shield protects the important outer lipid layer of the epidermis that is vital to maintaining healthy, supple skin. However, unlike many barrier creams, your skin will feel natural, grease free and non-slippery a few minutes after application. Derma Shield allows your skin to breathe and perspire naturally and is safe for all skin areas.
Most people will find that, by following these few simple measures, most incidences of skin irritation can be treated successfully.
However, it is important to realise that your skin reflects the well being of your entire body. If your skin irritation is persistent, or widespread, or manifested itself rapidly, then it can be indicative of an underlying medical condition. In these cases, you should visit your doctor.
Keep Your Skin Feeling Smooth and Irritation Free
Derma Shield contains pharmaceutical grade Aloe vera and Vitamin E which aids the skin’s natural regenerative process and helps relieve the sensitivity of skin irritation. In addition, its microscopic protective layer forms an effective barrier against allergens, helping alleviate the source of contact dermatitis. One application will normally last for up to four hours and gives wash resistant, grease free protection for up to four hours.
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