If you have a skin condition, like eczema or contact dermatitis, your skin can be more likely to react to triggers that cause allergies.
AllergensThese ’allergens’ can include two types – those in the air and others that come into direct contact with your skin.
59% of Britons claim to have experienced either eczema or dermatitis.*
Airborne and Contact allergens
Those with pet allergies can react to harmless proteins in the pet's urine, saliva or ‘dander’ – a term for dead skin cells. In some highly sensitive cases, this can cause an intense rash on the face, neck and upper chest.
Common allergens that cause irritation when they come into contact with our skin include:
- Hair Dyes
- Machine oils
Soaps and detergents are a particular problem as they increase the pH of our skin. Remember that gloves worn to avoid contact with allergens can be an irritant in themselves.
Advice from our skincare experts† to protect against airborne allergens
†Experts working with RB do not endorse any product or brand.
Vacuum floors, soft furnishings and also beds regularly
Pop cuddly toys in the freezer occasionally to help minimise bugs
Choose wooden floors and blinds over carpets and curtains
Keep animals out of the bedroom, and off the bed – sorry, pet lovers.
Opt for furniture that can be wiped clean, like leather sofas
Wash bedding at high temperatures to help kill dust mites
Reduce the overall temperature
Advice from our skincare experts‡ to protect against contact allergens
‡ Experts working with RB do not endorse any product or brand.
Maintain a healthy skin barrier
Avoid baby wipes – these contain preservatives that can irritate the skin.
Choose products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free
Date of preparation: October 2018.