Dry and sensitive skin is a pain as it is. Throw skin rash into the picture and just forget about good skin days. Itchiness, rash, allergy, bumps and all types of skin irritations—are all annoying skin issue that targets dry and sensitive skin. In extreme temperatures, like hot summers and chilly winters, it gets even worse and can totally bring your skin health down. The uncomfortable and embarrassing situation of resisting the urge to scratch itchy skin (and making it worse, BTW) is another struggle of this pesky skin woe.
Caused by a number of possible factors such as pollutants, allergens, sun rays, or any irritant or ingredient that doesn’t suit your skin; skin irritation is a very common skin issue. If you get skin irritation and experience the rashes, itchy bumps and red patches on your skin very often, we have got some remedies and skin care tips that can help you big time. But before that, it is also important to know exactly what it is that you’re dealing with. So, here is all you need to know about skin irritation and ways to deal with it. Read on...
- Common types of skin irritations and causes
- Skincare tips to avoid skin irritation
- Avoid long and hot showers
- Keep skin moisturised
- Look for ingredients on the products you use
- Switch to clean skincare
- Home remedies to treat irritated skin
- Aloe vera gel
- Try soothing homemade masks
- Soak in baking soda bath water
- Oatmeal paste
Common types of skin irritations and causes
Hives or urticaria: Raised red bumps or welts on your skin that has itchy sensation are a type of skin irritation called hives. It is caused by sun exposure, infections due to bacteria or fungi, medical illness and disease and disappears within 4-6 weeks.
Skin allergy or contact dermatitis: Rash or itchiness that happens when your skin comes in contact with an irritant or allergen, such as an ingredient in your beauty product, soap, detergent or perfume that you are allergic to or is harsh on your skin. Pollutants and environmental aggressors can also cause skin irritation making it red and itchy.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis: A very common issue in dry skin, eczema is an itchy, scaly rash, sometimes red, that is caused due to excessively dry skin or allergens. Skin affected by eczema, sometimes, has tiny fluid oozing bumps. It is common in people with a family history of skin allergies and asthma.
Skincare tips to avoid skin irritation
Don’t skip sunscreen
Sunscreen not only protects your skin from tanning and sunburn but also from skin allergies and irritation that are caused by the harsh UV rays. Sun exposed skin can feel irritated and appear red and the result is rash. To avoid this, always step out with a good amount of sunscreen of your face, neck, ears, arms and any body part that is exposed to the sun. Slather sunscreen on your face and a body lotion with SPF of at least 50 before you go under the sun.
Avoid long and hot showers
Hot water showers, however comforting and relaxing can take a toll on your skin. Piping hot water can strip it of its natural oils making it dry and itchy and can increase the level of sensitivity of your skin. Always use cold or lukewarm water for showers. Also, long showers do no good for your skin. Spending too much time in water can trigger skin allergies and make it worse. Limit your shower time to 5-10 minutes tops.
Keep skin moisturised
Lack of moisture in your skin leads to itchiness and flakiness and that’s precisely why it is super important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised at all times. A layer of soothing moisturiser will not only keep your skin smooth but also heal your dried, flaky and itchy skin. Get a soothing moisturiser infused with natural ingredients like aloe vera that help nourish dry skin. We trust Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel. It protects skin from pollutants and keeps skin hydrated all day.
Look for ingredients on the products you use
As they say, prevention is better than cure. It is better to look for the ingredients and contents of a product before using it to make sure it doesn’t contain any allergen or ingredients that don’t suit your skin. If you have sensitive skin, make it a habit to look for the content label given at the back to check if your skincare, perfume or bath and body products contain any harsh chemical or ingredients that you may be allergic to.
Switch to clean skincare
Swear by skincare products that are safe and contain no harsh chemicals, alcohol, artificial colour or fragrance that your skin might react to. If you are blessed with sensitive skin, you really cannot be sure of what infects your skin and causes skin irritation to be it your face wash or a moisturiser. It is always a safer and smart choice to move to no baddies skincare products. We suggest Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash and other products that are free of harsh chemicals, soap and skin baddies and are specifically made for sensitive skin.
Home remedies to treat irritated skin
Treat your skin with coconut oil
Coconut oil has been used for dry and itchy skin for centuries. It instantly relieves itchiness and heals cracked and flaky skin. As it is a natural moisturiser and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce eczema symptoms like redness and dryness and provides the moisture and nourishment to the skin. Take a generous amount of coconut oil and apply gently on the affected area.
Aloe vera gel
Applying aloe vera gel on the irritated skin affected by sunburn, rash, infection, redness and itchiness is really effective and helpful. It is a super ingredient for sensitive and dry skin as it soothes the skin of itchiness and irritation. Also, it has cooling and antifungal properties that also heals skin inflammation and cysts in summers.
How to: Extract gel-like sap from the aloe vera plant and mix some coconut oil or tea tree oil in it. Apply it on the irritated skin and let it absorb.
Try soothing homemade masks
Prepare a DIY face mask to soothe your itchy skin using two moisturising ingredients from your kitchen—yogurt and honey. White yogurt has antibacterial and antifungal properties, honey is an antiseptic, moisturising agent and both ingredients together work wonders on dry and itchy skin.
How to: Take 1 cup of plain yogurt in a bowl and mix two tablespoons of honey it in. Blend the mixture well and apply it to your face. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Soak in baking soda bath water
Adding healing ingredients like baking soda in your bath water can help ease the skin irritation. Baking soda heals patchy skin, kills germs and maintains the pH balance of the skin. It can help you get rid of rashes, itchiness and even bug bites.
How to: Pour a cup of baking soda in the lukewarm water and soak in it for 10 minutes. Pat dry and follow up with a soothing moisturiser.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient, oatmeal is a wonder ingredient for irritated skin. It also has moisturising properties that nourish the skin and soothes it.
How to: Make an oatmeal paste by grounding one cup of oatmeal into a fine powder and mix some water into it to make a smooth paste. Apply it on the affected skin and rinse off after it dries out. You can also put oatmeal into your bathtub to soothe itchy skin.