It’s important that we take excellent care of our skin, but with everything it encounters on a daily basis, that’s not necessarily going to be easy. There are several ways that your skin could get irritated where you might experience redness, dryness, or itchiness for starters. The good news is that there are precautions you can take that can help you avoid irritated skin as much as possible. Keep reading for just some common skin irritants you want to look out for.
When it comes to skin irritation from plants, images of poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak likely come to mind, but that’s not all you have to watch out for. Other plants could cause a problem as well. It’s one of the biggest reasons why you should always wear gloves when working out in the garden, and when you come inside, change your clothes and immediately wash your hands and any exposed skin.
Some of the ingredients in soap could lead to irritation, especially for those who have sensitive skin, but overusing soap, in general, could also cause a problem. There are a few things you can do, the first of which is to read the ingredients on any soap you’re considering using, and you should also only use soap that’s ideal for your skin type. Additionally, don’t overuse soap, and when you have to use it for tasks such as washing dishes, always wear cleaning gloves.
One of the most frustrating things is when you find a product that you love only to discover that you can’t use it because it irritates your skin. This can include fragrances, hair dye, lipstick, nail polish, etc. In addition to reading the entire label, including the ingredients list, you should make sure to do a patch test. It can also be helpful to read reviews that were written by previous customers to get an idea of just how well the product works.
Surprisingly, nickel is one of the most common skin irritants, and it’s practically everywhere. You can find it in zippers, jewelry, buckles, snaps, eyeglasses, and more. Once you know it irritates your skin, it can typically be easy to avoid the items and opt for alternatives instead.
There’s a reason that cleaning supplies have all sorts of warnings on them about avoiding skin contact and it’s because it’s possible for skin irritation to occur. It’s so important to be careful of the products that you’re using, and it’s a must to read the instructions about how to use them properly. Always wear cleaning gloves when using cleaning supplies whether you’re doing the windows, toilets, polishing furniture, etc.
Should you notice any irritation on your skin, contact your doctor immediately which is especially important if you have any skin conditions, the irritation seems severe, and/or it seems to be getting worse rather than better. Even if the irritation doesn’t seem like a big deal, it’s better to get it checked rather than take chances.