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Could I be allergic to my skincare?

In our latest video blog Liz talks about the trying to understand the minefield of skincare ingredients lists and how trying to pinpoint which individual chemical or fragrance is causing your skin to react can often feel like an impossible task.

On her own quest to soothe an itchy, inflamed scalp, Liz looked to nature for the answer, with powerful results.  She also looked into other contributing factors which could be causing this inflammation in the first place.  Liz discovered that she had periodontal disease which was creating systemic inflammation (and stress).The impact of stress on our systems is massive and it was only once Liz had been through laser dental treatment for the periodontal disease, and had consciously worked on reducing her stress, that the scalp inflammation disappeared. It is fascinating to consider how so much in the body is linked.

We recommend that if you put something on your skin and it irritates it, please discontinue use. In our experience, commercial mass-produced skincare which contains many synthetic chemicals is often a trigger for sensitivity and irritation.

Whilst it is rare, even the most natural ingredients that are organically sourced can be irritating to some. We use the strawberry analogy: strawberries are incredibly nutritious and packed full of goodness but some people are unknowingly allergic to them and can get sick after eating them.

Here are 5 common symptoms to look out for that may indicate that you are allergic to your skincare:

1:  Redness and Irritation

One of the most common signs of an allergic reaction to skincare products is redness and irritation. If you notice persistent redness, blotchy patches, or a burning sensation after using a new, or existing, product it could be a sign of contact dermatitis.  It could also be the 'compound effect' of using different skincare which could be inadvertently placing high levels of chemical stress your skin isn't able to handle.  Here is a video where we discuss the compound effect i.e. levels of chemicals may be at the safe level in a product you are using, but when you consider that you are using multiple skincare products each day, this can then take you over that safe chemical threshold.

2:  Itching and Hives

Itching or the appearance of hives (raised, itchy bumps) can also indicate an allergic reaction. This can happen shortly after applying a product or even a few hours later. If you experience intense itching or notice hives, we suggest stopping using the product immediately and potentially try a natural anti-histamine to help manage the reaction and reduce the itching.  Keep the Peace Balancing Clearing Oil actually contains Black Cumin Seed Oil which contains naturally-occurring anti-histamine properties and is really effective on mosquito bites.  A spritz of our Botanical Balance can also help to immediately soothe itchy skin and reduce any redness.

3:  Swelling

Swelling, particularly around the eyes or lips is a clear sign of an allergic reaction. This can occur as part of an immediate allergic response or it can develop gradually.  Discontinue using any skincare product if you ever experience any reaction like this.  Our products in general will help with reducing the swelling; if you ever need any advice please get in touch.     

4: Dryness and Peeling

Excessive dryness, flaking, and peeling can be a sign of an adverse reaction to your skincare products. If your skin becomes overly dry and starts to peel, especially in areas where you applied the product, we suggest immediately stopping using the product and taking your skincare back to basics using gentle, organic products that will help to repair stressed out skin. Our Calming Chamomile soap is great to use on reactive skin as it will cleanse without further damage and restore moisture levels. Our SOS Recovery oil is also great for rehydrating dry skin and is rich in highly restorative cold-pressed botanical oils.

5Acne and Breakouts

Not all acne and breakouts are caused by clogged pores; they can also be a reaction to the harsh chemicals in your skincare products.  Our skin is not designed to be subjected to these chemicals and they actually produce more oil to help defend it which becomes a breakout loop.

If you notice a sudden increase in breakouts, particularly small, red, and itchy bumps (known as allergic acne or allergic contact dermatitis), it’s worth considering whether a new product might be the cause.

Video filmed on location in Topsham, Devon, by

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