Written by Audrey Swanson. Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson.
Whether you deal with itching or redness, swelling or raised bumps, skin flaking or cracking, skin sensitivities are a pain to deal with both physically and emotionally. When your skin is irritated, it can take a toll on your mood and energy, and not to mention it doesn't feel great, either.
Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a common condition that makes skin red and itchy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It appears as dry and scaly patches on the skin.
Dr. Jackson MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist on our consulting team here at Puracy, says, “Eczema often runs in families, and can significantly impact people’s lives. It can cause embarrassment, frustration, and it can even interfere with jobs or household chores, not to mention the time and expense that can go into treatment.”
While it is not contagious, it can be exacerbated by food allergies (like milk, nuts, and shellfish), as well as our environmental surroundings.
Another skin sensitivity, known as allergic contact dermatitis, commonly causes red, itchy rashes on the skin. Sometimes blisters or bumps may form. These outbreaks are brought on by contact with an allergen. Topical allergens are harmless substances for most individuals, but in allergy-prone individuals, the allergen can trigger an activation of the immune system, leading to a rash.
Some soaps, pets, plants (like poison ivy), and creams are known allergens. Even if you don't have a reaction right away to an allergen, you can develop sensitivity to it over time.
Overall, rashes can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacteria, medications, allergies, viruses, genetic disorders, and more. For significant or long-lasting reactions, it's always best to see a dermatologist for more answers.
One home remedy for skin itching is an oatmeal bath. "Oatmeal has biologically active properties that can be beneficial in skin care and treatment," an article on DermNet shares. Oatmeal can work to bind the skin and create a protective barrier against irritation. It also locks in moisture, soothes itchiness, and helps to balance the skin's pH levels.
Apply a thick layer of moisturizer after bathing or showering to lock in moisture. "Moisturizers that are fragrance and dye-free are the safest and least irritating," according to the National Eczema Association.
Our Organic Hand & Body Lotion will calmly restore and hydrate your skin with natural ingredients. It's also free of dyes and fragrances, as well as any other harsh or irritating chemicals. “I really like the feel of the lotion and the lack of fragrance, as fragrances can be common allergens for individuals with sensitive skin," Dr. Jackson shares. "In addition, I like the incorporation of sunflower oil, as several studies have shown this moisturizing oil to help repair the skin barrier, along with a slight effect of decreasing inflammation in the skin.”
The American Academy of Dermatology advises washing clothes and linens with a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin. Synthetically scented options can irritate skin. By contrast, our natural laundry detergent cleans clothes effectively without using irritating perfumes or chemicals. Use the recommended amount on the bottle, and be sure to select a wash cycle that uses enough water to properly rinse the load.
By utilizing these healing at-home remedies for skin allergies, you should experience calmer and more restored skin. Give our Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion and Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent a try to experience the gentle effectiveness of our plant-based products.