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Let’s talk allergies!
Having reactive and sensitive skin means always knowing what I’m putting on my skin, what I’m eating, and even what I’m smelling. As I grew up, I noticed different ingredients that were irritating when I ate them and breathed them in. In most of my childhood pictures I was always red cheeked and sniffling. Allergies everyone was convinced.
I would say I've always had reactive, sensitive and allergic skin and now I’m helping anyone and everyone who are like me! Here are a few tips and stats on allergies and the biggest culprit for me, botanicals.
1. Allergies can develop at all ages, but there they are more likely to develop early in childhood.
- In 2015, 8.8 million children had skin allergies.
- Children age 0-4 are most likely to have skin allergies. [source]
- Eczema can look and feel different for everyone. But it usually involves an itchy, scaly, red rash that can show up on the face, hands, arms, legs and other parts of the body. Eczema is linked to dry skin. Scratching eczema can lead to red, broken skin with oozing and skin infections. Eczema usually starts in babies. Eczema in babies can often show up on their faces. Children and adults also can have eczema. It can appear different at times or show up on different parts of the body. Eczema is usually linked to a personal or family history of allergies.[source]
2. Be mindful of all substances and materials that irritate your skin.
- Contact dermatitis appears when the skin comes in contact with an irritant that causes a delayed allergic reaction or when there’s an injury to the surface of the skin. There are approximately 5.7 million doctor visits each year due to contact dermatitis.[source]
3. An increase in natural oils have led to an increase in skin reactions.
- “The more you get exposed to an allergen, the higher the chance that your body’s immune system will see it as something it doesn’t like and react to it.” An example of this is a sensitization study conducted with a natural product over nine years in Japan. Researchers analyzed a low-dose exposure of 1,483 patients to lavender oil. The study showed that between 1990 and 1998 the rate of allergy among participants increased from 1 percent to 14 percent, with a spike in 1997 when the trend of aromatherapy was growing. [source]
4. Almost 20% of the general population is sensitized to at least one allergen, and fragrance is one of the most frequently cited substances causing reactions.
- Fragrance sensitivity is now seen in 1-4% of the general population, and 8-15% of people with contact dermatitis. According the the Dermatology Times, fragrances are most likely to cause allergic contact dermatitis. They account for 30-45% of reactions in cosmetic products. [source]