Can Your Acne be an Allergic Reaction?
Do you have chronic, recurring acne? Have you tried everything you can think of to cure it, but to no avail? Maybe it's time that you consider allergies as a possible cause.
I suffered from chronic acne for several years before I finally figured out how to treat it. I tried everything from antibiotics to topical treatments to facial scrubs. After all of those methods had failed miserably, I realized that I needed to find the cause.
As it turns out, I have extremely sensitive skin. I have learned to pay close attention to the ingredients in the products I use, because they may just cause my skin to react badly.
- Shampoos and conditioners
- Laundry detergents and fabric softeners
All of these products have dyes, fragrances, and other (artificial, chemical) ingredients that could cause negative reactions for those who have very sensitive skin.
Water and exercise do help! Well hydrated skin, and sweating from exercise help to flush out toxins that lurk in your pores. My skin always looks terrible when I'm not drinking enough water!
Go Easy on Your Skin
Start looking at the ingredients in everything that comes into contact with your skin. If you can't pronounce them, there's a good chance that product will irritate sensitive skin. I've found it's best to go for all-natural products. Burt's Bees skin care products are wonderful, but they're not your only choice. There is an ever-increasing number of skin products that are made for those with sensitive skin. Even makeup now has hypo-allergenic options on the market. Try them out! Give your skin a couple of weeks to get rid of the allergens and toxins it contains. If you start to see improvements, then you've found the cause of your acne!
Visit Your Doctor
It always helps to discuss your concerns with your doctor. She or she can refer you to a dermatologist (skin specialist) who can diagnose your problem for you. If you do have allergies, they can help you determine what you're allergic to, and suggest products that won't irritate your skin.
*Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, I am in no way qualified to offer medical advice. The content and advice here is solely based on my own personal experience with acne and allergic reactions.