Five fixes for blotchy skin

Five Fixes for Blotchy Skin

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<P>It might be the products you're using, it could be too much sun exposure, it may be stress or it could even be the extremely hot curry you've eaten. Red, distressed skin is a real confidence underminer and if you suffer from it constantly, you should see a GP or dermatologist to make sure you don't have a condition such as rosacea. In general Celtic skin is particularly prone to blotchiness because it's known to be one of the most sensitive skin types in the world so it may be a natural part of your make-up but you can still take steps to avoid triggering a skin flare.</P>
<P>1 Source the culprit</P>
<P>Try to discover what's causing your blotchy skin and you can get well on the way towards sorting it out, according to Dr Katherine Mulrooney of Dr Mulrooney Clinic . "If blotchiness is persistent over weeks and/or you have a history of atopy, meaning you have a history of eczema, asthma or hay fever, the chances are the blotchiness is a sign you are reacting badly to something you are putting on your face repeatedly," she says. "This could mean coming in contact with clothes laundered in strong detergents or the harsh elements so therefore it's worth trying to figure out the triggers and avoid same to avoid compounding the problem."</P>
<P>2 Weather proof yourself</P>
<P>The Irish climate doesn't do blotch-prone skin very many favours. High winds, especially when combined with dryness, can cause redness. In Winter, coming into a warm, centrally heated house after being out in the freezing cold can also cause problems. Furthermore, given the time of year, we are (slowly) moving into Spring. This can bring with it difficulties for people with seasonal allergies because the fresh pollen can cause numerous skin reactions including swelling and redness. And of course hot days, when we get them, can cause a heat rash. Do your best to avoid extremities of temperature and protect skin by using a strong un-perfumed sun cream and also anti-histamines, if necessary, to prevent a reaction.</P>
<P>3 Keep it natural</P>
<P>Dr. Katherine Mulrooney suggests using natural hair and body cosmetics. "Anything that bubbles contains chemicals that if overused strip your skin of their natural oils. Over time this can lead to a defective skin barrier making your skin more reactive and sensitive," she says. She also advises caution when introducing anti-ageing products as they tend to contain acids and chemicals, which need to be introduced very slowly and may not suit your skin. "Don't use 'leave in' hair styling products as they migrate downwards onto the face and may cause sensitivity. Also use non-bio detergents and the 'extra rinse' button when washing clothes and bed linen that will be next to your skin." Other tips include keeping your skincare regime as simple as possible and not to over cleanse or exfoliate, as well as opting for inert physical sunblocks (zinc oxide for example), which don't penetrate the skin, as perfumed chemical sunscreens are notoriously irritating.</P>
<P>4 Eat your skin smoother</P>
<P>Of course a good diet is essential for smooth, unblemished, healthy skin and if your skin is dry, a fish oil supplement containing omega 3 can help. Keeping hydrated is important, as is eating a diet that's rich in brightly coloured vegetables. High quality protein is another must, such as eggs, fish and lean meats. Sadly, if you've noticed very spicy food contributing to your redness, these are probably best to avoid. Blood vessel dilators include vinegars and hot spices, and these are common trigger for blotchiness. Dr Mulrooney's advice is to avoid the 'C.R.A.P'. "This stands for (C)=caffeine, an excess of which parches your skin; (R) for refined sugars which give zero nutrition; (A) for alcohol, which parches the skin and can cause redness all on its own and (P) is processed foods that have little benefits other than filling you for a very short time," she explains.</P>
<P>5 Keep calm</P>
<P>This is easier said than done but we're all familiar with the blushing, blotchiness and even hives that feelings of anxiety and stress can cause. When you get stressed your body heat rises, releasing histamine, which in turn can create itchy red blotches. You may not be able to immediately remove the source of your stress but you can try and manage it using techniques such as slow breathing and soothing aloe vera gel, which has cooling properties.Read more at:<a href="">MarieProm</a></P>
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