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Caring for irritated skin during allergy season

How allergy season can affect your skin

According to Allergy UK, approximately 44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy and it’s a statistic that only seems to be rising. Almost half of allergy sufferers are also thought to have more than one allergy making treating it more difficult.

Hayfever, also referred to as allergic rhinitis, is believed to be one of the most common forms of allergy in the UK, affecting 10-30% of all adults and up to 40% of all children. Its cause? 30 different types of pollen from tree pollen, to grass and weeds.

If you’re unsure which type of pollen you’re most sensitive to, it’s usually most easily identified by the time of year you suffer with hayfever. Tree pollen allergies, for example, are most common from late March to mid-May, while grass pollen allergies tend to strike from mid-May to July. Weed pollen is particularly prominent from the end of June through to September.

Allergy season and your skin

But hayfever doesn’t just affect the sinuses – it can also have a major impact on the skin too. As you feel your eyes and nose become itchy and your chest tighten, you may also experience greater skin sensitivity, especially on the face.

There are a few ways you can try to prevent and alleviate some of this skin irritation. The first is to try and not go outdoors when you know the pollen count is at its highest, keeping doors and windows shut. If you do have to go outside and you’re experiencing a lot of skin sensitivity, change your clothes and take a shower as soon as you return home. This will help to remove any pollen that may have become stuck to your clothing and hair.

Soothing skincare

Follow this with gentle skincare that hydrates to soothe feelings of irritation ans is suitable for sensitive skin.. La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Lavant B5 Gel is the perfect way to begin your routine. Suitable for sensitive skin, it cleanses and soothes damaged and fragile skin while leaving the skin feeling comfortable. It’s so gentle, in fact, that it can be used all over the body, scalp and face and is suitable for the whole family – even babies.

La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane range is the first skincare range to be given the Seal of Approval by Allergy UK due to its minimalist, hypo-allergenic formula. Ultra Cream has a formula enriched with soothing ingredients such as neurosensine, glycerin, shea butter and La Roche-Posay's Thermal Spring Water and instantly soothed and moisturises sensitive skin.

Sticking to skincare products such as this, that are very gentle and minimalist, will help to avoid adding any further irritants to your skin, while reducing feelings of irritation you may already be experiencing.

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