How to relieve skin allergic reactions and rashes

Greetings :)

In today's blog, read how you can relieve itching and inflammation in case you get an allergic reaction or rash. Two weeks ago I got an allergic reaction myself. I got a small, red rash from my waist to under my nose.
The doctor prescribed steroids, which I took for four days. The tablets certainly soothed and removed the rash, however, after showering, the skin would sting and itch, so I researched several methods that can help alleviate the symptoms.

1. Colloidal oat bath

Oats are perhaps the most complete skincare in one. Starchy cereal is rich in beta-glucan fiber, which is an excellent humectant, i.e. it moisturizes and binds water. Oats have large amounts of antioxidants, including ferulic acid, which we know stabilizes and contributes to the potency of vitamin C. As it is rich in lipids and fatty acids, oats have the ability to help inflamed skin and skin with a problematic barrier. And to conclude here, so that the blog is not only about oats, it naturally contains saponins that will clean you very gently.

How to make a bath:
Colloid actually refers to the standardized size of ground oats. In case you can't find it in stores, you can grind the oatmeal yourself in a coffee grinder or a multipurpose grinder. The standardized particle size is only a guarantee that you will get the most out of that home treatment, but the DIY version will definitely help. It is ideal to dissolve oatmeal (about 200g) in water and make it milky. You will achieve this if you slowly add oats under the faucet while filling the tub.
Scientific research has shown oats to be extremely effective against various skin inflammations. Dermatologists suggest a bath to alleviate various inflammations, rashes, chicken pox.

I'm a big fan of oats and I'm terribly biased, so I had to try this myself because I eat oats almost every day, and oat milk is my favorite. On the Internet you will find a sea of ​​studies about this versatile grain. I will link you to a few so you can read it yourself and see for yourself why you want it on your plate, on your face, in your coffee :)

2. Avoid potential irritants and products

My skin was very irritated and sensitive, so after consulting the internet, the doctor and my sister's nurse, I stopped using all products for a couple of days: makeup, cleansers, actives and extra steps, even SPF. While the skin is inflamed, it is best to treat it minimally with products unless prescribed by a doctor or dermatologist. This will give the skin time to renew itself and for the inflammatory reaction to pass without risking contact with potentially irritating ingredients.
When the rash subsided a bit, I started using a simple moisturizer enriched with ceramides, without perfume. After the rough texture on the face was removed, I started with SPF, although that can wait, if you physically protect yourself from the sun because it is also an irritant (suitable mask + sunglasses + visor/hat). The skin on my neck was the most affected, so there I only used a cream with salicylic acid and urea intended for rough and textured skin.

NB : wear a mask and clothes made of cotton or other 100% natural materials. I wore a synthetic one for one day, which created such moisture and a terribly uncomfortable feeling on already inflamed skin, and non-cotton pullovers (because there is no summer in Ireland, so we wear sweaters already on September 1) caused additional itching due to friction with the skin.

3. Chamomile tea or oil

Chamomile has been used throughout history for numerous skin treatments. Due to its active ingredients, chamomile has an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect on the skin. It also contains camazulene , a chemical compound that promotes wound healing. In one study, conducted on mice with atopic dermatitis, they proved that chamomile oil significantly reduced itching and inflamed skin.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to see for myself. I got an allergic reaction to a cleanser . My skin instantly inflamed and burned. In panic googling, I came across a recommendation for chamomile tea. I soaked the bags in cold water and applied them to the skin with pads. The inflammation, which lasted for a few hours, really calmed down after a few minutes. #teamkamilica

If you use an oil, make sure to dilute it in a carrier oil to avoid irritation.

4. Avoid makeup

By not wearing make-up, we avoid a potentially irritating composition, as well as the use of cleansers, which, in such a skin condition, can be too drying. If you must wear make-up on your face, wear mineral make-up because it does not penetrate the skin, but remains on the surface. As for removing makeup, it would be ideal to use light oils that you can then wash off with a towel soaked in lukewarm water.

5.Bath with baking soda

If you are not an oat type and don't want to buy the whole package just for one bath, then you can soak in water with baking soda . Baking soda will help reduce itching, soothe dry and irritated skin, and some studies have shown that a bath helps psoriatic skin. In addition, it will alleviate the reaction to poison ivy and prevent infections.
It is not entirely clear whether it is the soda or the alkaline water that becomes it when salts and minerals are added to it. But it is not uncommon for psoriatic patients like me to have much less dry scales and less swollen skin after a summer vacation at the sea. Although I have not tried this bath, I will definitely give it a chance, especially in winter days, so expect feedback :)

How to make a bath:
In a full tub of not too warm water, add half to one full cup of soda (approx. 70-100g). Stir to melt and sizzle!

These are a couple of tips that are repeated and confirmed by studies. And the best thing is that they are accessible and affordable to everyone. The studies mentioned are linked below, if you want more details. I would like to know if you had a similar experience and how you reduced your discomfort, share a trick with us :)

Until next reading,

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