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7 Unexpected Causes of Skin Allergy Rashes

By Michele Blacksberg RN HERWriter
 
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skin allergy rashes: 7 unexpected causes
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Skin rashes can appear anytime. Sometimes we can figure out what has caused the allergic reaction. Other times it may take more a bit more research to determine why we have developed a skin reaction to a particular substance. The following are possible causes of skin allergy rashes.

1) Detergents and Dryer Sheets

Detergents and fabric dryer sheets contain chemicals that transfer to our clothes during the washing or drying cycle and can cause a skin rash.

In general, it is better to stick with fragrance-free, dye-free detergents and fabric softeners. Consider forgoing the dryer sheets altogether and use these dryer max balls to fluff up your clothes instead.

2) Cosmetics/skin products

Sensitivity to the active ingredient in a skin product, such as alpha hydroxyl acid or vitamin E, can be the cause of skin irritation.

Other potential culprits are additives such as colors, fragrances and preservatives. If the skin product is old, then the preservatives in them may have broken down, allowing bacteria to grow. This is especially true if you have touched the product repeatedly with your finger to apply it.

It is a good idea to write the date when you open the cosmetic or skin product and dispose of anything older than six months. Use clean applicators by washing or disposing of old ones. Immediately stop using any suspected product, such as eye cream, if a rash appears by your eyes.

3) Sunscreen

We try to be so good about wearing the stuff to protect us from the sun, so it is hard to believe that it can also be the cause of a skin rash. WebMD reports that, “the most common allergic reactions occur with sunscreens that contain PABA-based chemicals, so you may want to find a PABA-free alternative if you develop an allergy.”

4) Nickel

Nickel is a metal used in costume jewelry, zippers and watchbands. There are many products that we don’t even realize use nickel as the base metal.

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Bettycooper121

Gosh I never knew that so many factors could be the cause behind the skin rashes!! Sunscreens, nickel based jewelry, eating certain type of foods so much many factors. Thanxx for sharing this informative article.

October 29, 2013 - 2:36pm
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