Looking After Your Allergic Skin 


Here are a few tips to looking after your Allergic skin.


First please consult your doctor to get a diagnosis and medical advice on your skin condition.  


Identify and avoid the trigger allergen.

If you are able to identify the trigger or possible for your skin allergy do tell your doctor about it. Clearly avoid that trigger ingredient. 

You may need to be prepared to be referred to a dermatologist or to have skin tests to determine your condition or allergies.

Use whatever washes and creams your doctor prescribes for you exactly as prescribed. If you get any reaction from the use of the prescribed creams do tell your doctor straight away, there will be alternatives they can give you .

Watch your skin carefully for any improvement and any worsening of the condition and try to pinpoint if you can what helped or hindered that change.

Keep to a basic skincare routine. Now is not the time to be trying out new skincare unless it is medically advised.

If prescribed ask how to use your steroid creams properly

If you are prescribed steroid creams or ointments to use, do make sure you know how to use them properly and how much to use for the area you are treating and how many times a day. It is very important to use steroid creams correctly. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. 


Tell Your doctor immediately if any prescribed or non prescribed creams make your skin worse or react. 

Your doctor may prescribe an emollients to use. Do use this as directed. It should help your skin a lot.  However, if you dont get   on with it or if your skin gets irritated at all do tell your doctor immediately. 

Smooth emollients in the direction of skin hair growth only- do not rub or smooth against the direction of hair growth. 

Drink lots of clean water and eat as healthy as possible.


Discuss your health needs with your doctor. 

Discuss with your doctor - Consider cutting down on or stop drinking alcohol for now.

Discuss with your doctor -  If you smoke consider trying to stop or cut down.

Discuss with your doctor whether you need to avoid sunlight or not. 

Discuss with your doctor-if any workplace duties may affect your skin or if you need to be off work. 


Keep Skin clean and hygienic 

If you find that heat makes your skin feel or look worse do try to keep the skin as cool as possible.

Wear soft gentle fabrics next to your skin

Wear clean fresh clothes every day. You may also find it nice to change your bedding each day or every other day-particularly if your skin is shedding, infected or blistering. 

Unless medically advised not to,  have a luke warm bath every day - your doctor may well advise bathing in a specific wash. Ask.  


 

Take care when applying the ointments and moisturisers

If using a very greasy emollient like Diprobase you may find it useful to drape an extra sheet over the bed and tucked in at the top so that your skin is touching the extra sheet rather than the whole bedding. That way you wont need to change the entire bed every day! 

Likewise it may be helpful to use a clean sheet or towel across the sofa to prevent the greasy emollients seeping into the upholstery. 


Tell key people about your allergies

Tell your hairdresser/beautician, dentist etc that you are dealing with sensitive or allergic skin. Give them the list of allergens so that they can put it on your records and avoid suing the allergens with you. 

With your hairdresser you may need to take your own hair shampoo/conditioner with you to ensure that you are using products safe for you.