There is nothing pleasant about an itchy, painful skin rash. Understanding what is causing the rash is important to finding soothing relief. The trigger can be anything from the sweater you wore to dinner last night to a chronic medical condition such as eczema.
Look at some of the more common reasons people get skin rashes and what you can do to avoid them.
Sunscreen: It’s ironic that a product you apply to protect your skin may actually trigger a rash. If you feel uncomfortable after applying a sunscreen, wash it off immediately, and switch to sun protection made for sensitive skin or cover up when outdoors.
Antibacterial Soap: What kills the bacteria may also make you itch. Antibacterial soaps are designed to remove harmful germs from your skin. If you find using one is causing irritation, switch to a soap made for sensitive skin. It may help prevent the spread of bacteria, but with natural ingredients instead of chemicals.
Laundry Detergent: Even the most effective laundry detergent leaves residue on your clothes which over time can trigger a reaction. Look for detergents and fabric softeners that are fragrance-free and non-allergenic.
Bug Repellents: Bug bites are unpleasant, but a reaction to the repellent can be worse. Cover up as an alternative by wearing a light shirt with long sleeves, pants and socks with sneakers or shoes instead of sandals.
Heat: Heat causes you to sweat and that moisture can lead to skin irritation. The best defense against heat rash is a combination of proper skin care and the right clothes. Pick fabric that wicks sweat away from the body instead of absorbing it. For example, stay away from wool because it holds the moisture in instead of pushing it away.
Shaving: Men and women both know the pain that comes with shaving, especially when you don’t use enough lubrication. For razor burns, use shaving cream to help prevent friction. If the shaving cream is the trigger, try lathering up with an AVEENO® product for sensitive skin instead.
Household Cleaners: Beware of the word “nontoxic.” Just because it says it is natural or safe, doesn't mean it won't have ingredients that can trigger skin problems. If you think a cleaner is giving you or someone you love a rash, switch to natural agents that can be effective like baking soda, lemon juice and white vinegar.
Makeup: If you have blotches on your face then your cosmetics may be the culprit. When you try new makeup, test it on a small patch of skin first to see if it causes a reaction. Keep a list of products that irritate your skin and remember to avoid buying it in the future.
Any Kind of Soap: It may smell nice and feel silky, but is it good for your skin? Some people have sensitive skin that requires natural ingredients like the ACTIVE NATURALS® Calming Feverfew found in some AVEENO® products. Instead of buying whatever is on sale this week, pick up a cleanser designed for sensitive skin.
The AVEENO® ULTRA CALMING® Foaming Cleanser pampers the skin with naturally derived ingredients to help reduce the look of skin irritation.
If you want to avoid skin rashes, start by finding out what is causing them. It will be a process of trial and error, but worth the effort. Eliminate the most obvious causes first such as soaps which can be too harsh for sensitive skin. Use products like the AVEENO® ULTRA CALMING® Foaming Cleanser that contains some natural ingredients to help keep skin free of triggers, and that can mean less irritation.