Skin is the largest organ in the integumentary system, organs that are responsible for the protection of the human body. Apparently, it is the most vulnerable to external environmental exposure. Normally skin is adapted to withstand diverse weather conditions and other substances that come into contact with it. Different skins will react differently to new exposure to weather conditions and substances.
Types of skin allergies
Skin bumps, Skin Rashes, Eczema, hives, skin redness and itching are all skin conditions that occur as a result of allergic reactions.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
This skin condition is common among children as compared to adults. It occurs when the skin starts to loosen and allow a lot of oil to escape hence leaving the whole skin very dry. The dry skin becomes prone to irritation, burning sensation and inflammation.
Urticaria, or in other words called hives, are skin reactions that result in inflammation of the skin. This inflammation causes blood veins that are close to the skin surface to start leaking out blood. The leaking causes swelling in the deep layers of the skin. There are two types of hives: acute urticaria and chronic urticaria. Acute urticaria lasts for a short time, but chronic urticaria can last for months or even years. One good thing about urticaria is that it is not contiguous.
This allergy develops when persons who are allergic to latex severally and continuously come into contact with latex products such as medical gloves and balloons. Latex allergy reactions make victims have symptoms similar to those of asthma. These symptoms are difficulty in breathing, chest tightness, and wheezing.
Allergic contact dermatitis
This allergic reaction occurs when a person’s skin comes into contact with an allergen, an agent that carries allergic substances. It is characterized by swollen, abnormally red, bumpy and scaly skin at the point of contact.
This allergic reaction occurs in the deep layers of the skin. It usually affects soft skin tissues such as eyelids, mouth lips, and genital skin surfaces. It is either acute if it lasts for a short time or chronic if the condition recurs itself over a long period.
Allergies triggered by cosmetics and beauty products
There are cosmetics and beauty products that contain ingredients capable of triggering allergic reactions on different skins depending on the skin sensation and skin type. They include:
1. Bathing soaps.
4. Eye makeup.
6. Nail polish containing formaldehyde.
While probably you can’t do without some cosmetics and beauty products, it is important to take a keen look at the product that you use to examine if it is good for your skin.