Dry, red, itchy skin can be so uncomfortable, if not downright painful to deal with.
The heat, redness, and swelling that accompanies skin inflammation is the result of the immune system responding to a trigger or stimulus. There are many reasons why the body would have an immune response to something that ordinarily wouldn’t be a threat:
Some diseases, such as lupus, can cause an immune reaction to sunlight, irritating the skin. A dermal reaction to heat sensitivity can lead to sweat getting trapped in the pores, causing redness and irritation as well, commonly referred to as heat rash.
Contact dermatitis is a common cause of inflamed skin most often triggered by irritants such as some perfumes, certain cosmetics, poison ivy/oak, chemicals in household cleaners and body soaps.
Also, as with nasal allergies, when the immune system thinks it needs to defend against foreign invaders (or histamines), your skin can overreact to stimuli and cause inflammation to the skin.
External stimuli, certain foods, or certain medications can trigger allergic reactions in the skin.
Infection caused by virus, bacteria, or fungus
There are many common types of infections that can lead to skin inflammation. Ringworm, cellulitis, impetigo, and seborrheic dermatitis- an infection caused by a buildup of yeast in the oil and sweat glands on the skin are a few examples.
Genetics and immune dysfunction
Some conditions that lead to inflammation in the skin, such as eczema, can be caused by immune dysfunction, and some people are genetically predisposed to skin irritation and redness.
So you’ve got sensitive, irritated skin- how do we calm it down?
If it’s really, really bad, see your doctor. He or she may suggest antihistamines or prescribe oral or topical medications, especially in cases like eczema or infections.
There are plenty of other day-to-day things we can do, however, to help keep skin inflammation under control. Tea tree oil, warm oatmeal baths, and vitamin D supplements are all options, but an anti-inflammatory diet can also make a huge difference. Foods high in polyphenols and antioxidants fall into the category of anti-inflammatory foods:
- Fatty fishes
- Leafy green vegetables
- olive oil
- yogurt, kefir, miso- any foods with probiotic qualities.
A healthy diet is central to caring for our skin, as is drinking lots of water every day. A great skin care lineup is also vital for helping irritated, inflamed skin.
LaFlore® ‘s line of Live Probiotic Skin Care products is specially formulated to assist sensitive, sensitized, and inflamed skin. Just as probiotics work when ingested for digestive health- topical probiotics work to maintain the same kind of healthy bacterial balance, but on the skin. Probiotics applied to the skin’s surface help protect its natural biome and flora, as well as provide a shield from the environmental conditions that contribute to inflammation.
In the evening before bedtime, cleanse with our Probiotic Cleanser to stimulate the skin’s natural detoxification process.
Follow up with the Probiotic Serum Concentrate to provide a healthy dose of live probiotic protection. It delivers the same benefits as vitamins A, C, and alpha hydroxy acids with none of the irritating side effects as well as helps neutralize breakouts and speed post-breakout recovery.
In the morning, use our Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer to help protect skin with prebiotic-dense antioxidants. It rapidly calms redness and irritation and gives skin a naturally radiant glow. If your skin needs extra TLC, combining the moisturizer and serum is a great way to provide additional nutrients and probiotic goodness.
Our serum is also great when added to soothing facial masks for sensitive, irritated skin.
If you’re suffering from red, irritated, inflamed skin, see your dermatologist as needed. In addition- or if your skin isn’t quite to the point where we need a trip to the doc, watch your diet, and use probiotic skin care. Relief will be here before you know it, and your skin will thank you!