What is atopic skin and how to prevent it?

Before talking about atopic skin we will have to say what atopy is. Atopy is a condition in which there is an exaggerated reaction to allergens especially at the respiratory level and in the skin. The expression of atopy in the skin is called atopic dermatitis.

What are the main symptoms of atopic skin?

It is mainly characterized by extreme dryness of the skin, which leads to flaking, irritation and causes annoying symptoms such as itching.  Atopic dermatitis mainly affects infants and children and can begin as early as 2 to 6 months of age. Many people outgrow it in early adulthood. It usually appears on the face and on bending areas such as the elbows, knees, inner wrist or scalp, as well as on the legs and buttocks.

What are the main symptoms of atopic skin?

  • Blisters that form cons and may even ooze
  • Dry skin
  • Exaggerated irritation from excessive scratching
  • Changes in skin color
  • Redness or swelling around the blisters
  • Areas of very thick, dry, leathery-looking skin
Both the type of rash and the place where it appears may depend on the age of the person:
  • In children it usually appears on elbows, knees, hands, scalp.
  • In adults, the rash may be limited to the hands, eyelids or genitals.
  • Usually prior to these skin signs, an intense itching usually appears, which is why the rash usually appears after scratching.
 

What causes atopic skin?

We are talking about a hereditary condition that is fundamental. One in seven children will be atopic if one of their parents is, and one in three if both parents are. However, there must also be external factors that trigger this inflammatory reaction, such as environmental, allergic and dietary factors, and even some items of clothing. Some of these factors are:
  • Emotional stress
  • Drying of the skin by taking prolonged baths
  • Sudden temperature changes
  • Getting too cold or too hot, as well as sudden changes in temperature
  • Added perfumes in skin lotions or soaps
  • Toxins in cosmetics
  • Allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals
  • Colds or flus
  • Contact with irritating materials and chemicals
  • Contact with rough materials
 

Can atopic skin be prevented?

Although it is caused by genetic predisposition, it can be controlled by reducing exposure to triggering factors. Another way to avoid its appearance is by using products that keep the skin moisturized. Genetic predisposition associated with environmental factors (such as heat, pro-irritant products, extreme temperatures, etc.) can be triggers for an outbreak. When an outbreak occurs, it will be necessary to follow the treatment prescribed by your specialist. During the outbreak it is very important to accompany the treatment with the appropriate emollient products.  

Our recommended products for atopic skin

Nutriskin

Nutriskin barra hidratante para piel atópica
Nutriskin moisturizing bar for atopic skin
Moisturizing body bar for dry skin, atopic skin and sensitive skin. Ideal for dry elbows, heels and knees. Handmade with organic cocoa butter, beeswax and tea tree essential oil and vitamin E. Repairs, nourishes, moisturizes and protects.  

Love lavender

Crema sólida hidratante para piel atópica Love Lavender
Love Lavender Solid Moisturizing Cream for Atopic Skin
Like a cream but in a stick, Love Lavender natural body moisturizer. Handmade with organic almond oil, beeswax, organic cocoa butter, essential oil of lavender and vitamin E. For cleansing we recommend our handmade lavender and rosemary soap for sensitive skin, with beeswax. Handmade from extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, with lavender and rosemary essential oils.
Jabón artesanal de lavanda y romero para piel atópica
Handmade lavender and rosemary soap for atopic skin
Lavender essential oil provides soothing, relaxing and balancing properties. It is also disinfectant, decongestant and antiseptic. As it is well tolerated by the skin, it is ideal for sensitive and irritated skin and skin prone to allergies.   Other recommendations to reduce symptoms
  • Reduce stress
  • Moisturize the skin several times a day
  • Avoid exposure to toxic triggers.
  • Avoid strong essential oils
  • Avoid long showers longer than 10 minutes.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures and sudden changes in temperature.
  • Avoid nylon and wool clothing.
  • Try to avoid allergenic foods by eating a balanced diet, avoiding products such as nuts or dairy products, as well as stimulants such as caffeine or theine.
  • Keep babies’ and children’s nails clean and short to avoid scratching.
  • Avoid detergents when washing clothes.
  • Do not rub when drying after bathing.
 

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