Seasonal allergies and itchy skin – does that go together?
For many people, they do. Here’s more on why that is, and what you can do to soothe your skin.
Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: Annoying Symptoms
Table of contents
- 1 Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: Annoying Symptoms
- 2 Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: What Causes Them?
- 3 Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: How to Prevent the Reaction
- 4 Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: How to Treat Them
If you struggle with seasonal allergies, expect to struggle with sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, itchy throat, and other similar symptoms.
But itchy, irritated skin? This is where CV Skinlabs can help!
Yes, your skin can also react to allergens. People with seasonal allergies are more likely to experience skin irritation than people without seasonal allergies. When you’re exposed to what you’re allergic to—whether it’s pollen, dander, dust, or other triggers—your skin may react with the following symptoms:
- skin rashes
- Scaly patches
- psoriasis flare-ups
- flare-ups of rosacea
- itchy skin
- Dry skin
- irritated skin
- Sensitive skin
- Puffy eyes and dark circles
If you had skin problems as a child, such as B. eczema, you may also be more likely to struggle with sensitive skin during allergy season.
Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: What Causes Them?
When your body is exposed to an allergen – something you are allergic to – the immune system reacts. It mistakenly thinks the allergen is a foreign invader that is dangerous to you. It thinks it needs to get rid of it to protect you. To do this, it stimulates the production of certain antibodies, which in turn form histamines.
Histamines are your body’s allergen protectors. Your job is to get rid of the allergen and remove it from your body (or your skin). They do this by producing the symptoms you normally experience in response to an allergen.
Sneezing, coughing, or watering your eyes will help flush the allergens out of your system. Because histamines are part of the immune system, they also cause inflammation, which contributes to sensitive skin. In response, the skin becomes itchy and irritated. They scratch and thereby help to get rid of the allergen.
However, if you scratch yourself, you can also injure the skin. This in turn can lead to scarring or at least prolonged skin sensitivity.
Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: How to Prevent the Reaction
The best thing you can do about skin problems caused by allergies is try to prevent them altogether. This may not always be possible, but you can reduce your exposure to prevent your skin from overreacting.
First, see your allergist and have an allergy test done. It is important to find out what is triggering the allergic reaction. What are you allergic to? Once you know that, you can try to avoid these triggers.
It can help to keep a journal for a few weeks. Write down what you do, where you go, and what you eat and drink each day, then make a note of any skin problems you may have. After collecting data for several days, you may be able to determine what is causing your reactions.
Then try these tips:
- Stay indoors when pollen counts are high (if you are allergic to pollen).
- Keep the windows closed and the air conditioning on.
- Wash your sheets and pillowcases in hot water once a week. Consider using an allergy-free pillowcase.
- Use a mite-proof cover for your mattress.
- Use fragrance and dye free skin products (they are less likely to cause allergic reactions).
- Avoid triggering ingredients in your skin care products like parabens, fragrances and preservatives. These are known to cause allergic skin reactions.
- Avoid harsh products like granular scrubs. They can damage the outer layer of skin, making it more reactive to environmental allergens.
- Shower and wash your hair and face before bed to remove any allergens collected outdoors.
- Remove shoes and outerwear at the door to avoid introducing allergens into your home.
Seasonal Allergies and Itchy Skin: How to Treat Them
Even if you do everything you can to avoid an allergic reaction from your skin, you can suffer from it from time to time. What can you do to tame the irritation and help your skin get back to normal?
1. Minimize scratches
The first thing you want to do is avoid scratches. Not only can it damage your skin, but it can also cause more histamines to be released, causing further irritation. Scratching can also introduce bacteria into the skin, which can lead to infection.
Here are some tips to reduce itching so you’re less likely to scratch:
- Take a cool bath with a skin-soothing product. Good options include crushed oats, Epsom salts, baking soda, or coconut milk.
- Apply our Rescue + Relief Spray. This award-winning product soothes irritated, inflamed skin with aloe, cucumber and water lily, and gluten-free oats. These ingredients soothe and cool the skin. Valerian and comfrey tame inflammation and help quell itching.
- Apply soothing products like menthol or calamine lotion.
- Place a cold, wet cloth or an ice pack on the itchy skin.
2. Keep skin moisturized
Moisture helps maintain the outer skin barrier that protects skin from allergens. When your skin is dry and scaly, this outer barrier begins to crack and develop microscopic holes, allowing more allergens to enter and irritate the skin.
Regularly moisturizing the skin with a nourishing product helps keep this barrier strong, which reduces skin sensitivity. Our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion both contain our Tri-Rescue Complex – a blend of Reishi Mushroom, Turmeric and Bisabolol. These ingredients have antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Regularly recommended by dermatologists, they soothe dry, itchy skin and soothe inflammation and irritation.
3. Use cool compresses on your eyes
If you wake up with puffy eyes, try applying a cool compress for 5-10 minutes. It helps counteract redness and swelling. Use a washcloth soaked in cold water, a cold spoon stored in the fridge, or some frozen vegetables.
Then use a cold eye serum or cream to rehydrate your eyes. Antihistamine eye drops made for allergies can also help your eyes cope.
4. Wear loose clothing
Tight clothing can irritate the skin. During allergy season, they can also trigger hives and rashes on sensitive skin. Play loose and cool with breathable fabrics like cotton.
How do you deal with seasonal allergies and itchy skin?