If you have skin problems such as eczema or overly sensitive skin, you know how agonizing it can be to have a breakout or reaction. If you’ve ever used sanitizer or soap in a public facility and started itching an hour later you know exactly what we mean! Here are some practical tips for dealing with skin problems so you don’t feel like locking yourself up at home for fear of a reaction!
Be prepared. Carry a sample sized bottle of hand soap and sanitizer wherever you go, so you know you won’t react to the product you’re using. If you work out at a gym keep full sized bottles of your favorite products in your locker so you can shower in comfort after your workout.
Shop smart. Sensitive skin needs sensitive material, so you’ll be better off sticking to natural fibers such as cotton and wool. These fibers allow the fabric to breathe, and there’s less chance of your skin reacting to a chemical compound in a synthetic material.
Skip the scents. If your skin is sensitive or you have a specific skin condition you’re probably more sensitive to perfumes and other scented products, so be extra careful when using them. Look for unscented laundry soap and fabric softener and consider using unscented antiperspirant and other personal care products until you’re confident you don’t react to the chemicals in the formulas.
Keep it clean. Often sensitive skin reacts to common household dust and other irritants, so make sure you keep your space clean. Vacuum and dust often, and ask your dermatologist for a list of things that might irritate your condition. Sometimes it’s as simple as removing an allergen from your environment to find relief from your latest breakout.
Be proactive. If your feet are sensitive, wear shower shoes while in the locker room at the gym. If you break out from your coworker’s cologne, ask HR to change the policy on people wearing perfumed products. Don’t be afraid to ask others to help you out, because you have to live in your skin the rest of your life!