Every day, our body comes into contact with many different materials, fabrics and ingredients. If our skin gets irritated by one or more of these, it can express its displeasure by causing red, itchy and even burning rashes on the skin. This is contact dermatitis and even though it can be persistent and tough to treat, there are ways to manage it in your day-to-day.
Keep a diary
Keeping notes of your contact dermatitis daily can help you understand what triggers it, as well as what helps you manage it. Notice where on your body the rashes occur, what you come into contact with, and how your dermatitis reacts to different weather conditions and locations you visit. It’s also helpful to make a note of any other symptoms which accompany your dermatitis, such as puffy eyes or sneezing.
Identify your triggers
Identifying your contact dermatitis triggers can be easier said than done, but it’ll help you get things under control. As we’ve already spoken about, keeping track in a diary can assist you in this process. You can also contact a dermatologist who can perform some tests to help you find out what triggers your dermatitis, such as a scratch test.
Protect and prevent
Once you’ve identified your potential triggers, you can work on avoiding them or protecting your skin if you need to come into contact with them. For example, if dishwashing liquid triggers a rash on your hands, use gloves whenever you do the dishes.
Next, find yourself a gentle cream to help soothe itchiness. For example, our Manuka Therapy 30% honey creme contains natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial ingredients, which help soothe dermatitis-prone skin.
Care for your mind
Skin conditions can impact our minds just as much as our bodies. It’s important to care for your mental health each and every day, through practicing your favourite form of self-care. Your feelings are valid, and some days may be more difficult than others. Remember that your beauty isn’t negated by a pesky skin condition.
It takes a bit of trial and error, but contact dermatitis can be managed. Take things day-by-day, and remember that whether your dermatitis is at its best or its worst, you’re always worthy of enjoying life.