Take Control of your Skin

Author: Robert McBride Ltd.

Date: Nov 2019

These days, people can be affected by all sorts of skin conditions, the most common being eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. But whether it’s something you’ve had since you were a baby, or a condition that’s developed later in life, there’s one thing they all have in common; you never know what’s going to cause your next major flare up. However, having sensitive skin doesn’t have to put a damper on enjoying life – a few careful considerations could help keep those flare ups at bay.

Check your cupboards

Washing detergents and cleaning products should be your first port of call. Why? Because those that contain fragrances, enzymes or added colours can trigger skin reactions – even sensitive one’s that were designed with babies in mind. In fact, fragrances can be a major irritant that cause hives, rashes, dry patches and discomfort in sensitive skin1. So the scent that’s intended to make your laundry smell nice, can actually be a hidden danger that’s waiting to cause an eczema flare up or dry, itchy skin.

What’s in your wash?

Another problem is the enzymes that are found in biological washing detergents. They’re used to help get rid of stains, but any traces of enzymes left on newly washed clothes can irritate sensitive skin. So, whether you have a favourite powder, or liquid detergent that you’ve been using for years, your skin may thank you for switching to a brand with no unnecessary nasties that could cause a reaction.

Be kind to hands

If, like many people, you suffer with eczema on your hands, it can be particularly difficult to keep your skin free from irritation. Wearing rubber gloves to do the cleaning and washing up isn’t always the answer if you’re an eczema sufferer that finds latex affects your hands. However, you can buy washing up products that are dermatologically tested, which are suitable for those with a latex allergy or intolerance. Although these products contain no dyes or perfumes, you’ll find they still deliver outstanding cleaning power.

Choose a name you trust

Our advice would be to always check the labels on laundry and household cleaning products. With 0% fragrances, 0% enzymes, 0% dyes and 0% acids, the Surcare range of products are Dermatologically Approved and proudly carry the Allergy UK Seal of Approval. The entire range has been specially formulated to help prevent the irritation of sensitive skin and can be found in most major retail outlets.

For more information go to www.surcare.co.uk

Top ten tips for sensitive skin types

  1. Natural and organic products can still irritate skin
  2. Ingredients like sulfates can cause skin dryness
  3. Artificial fragrances often contain hundreds of chemicals and your skin could react to any one of them
  4. Regularly clean your washing machine to avoid any dirt build up
  5. Use the extra rinse cycle to remove every last trace of detergent
  6. Don’t dry clothes on radiators – it encourages mould to grow
  7. Wash new clothes before you wear them
  8. Wash hands with a water dispersible cream
  9. Use a handwash pump dispenser to keep it free from contaminants
  10. Always rinse your hands after washing and dry them thoroughly

Please note that no effective laundry product can be guaranteed suitable for everyone with serious skin conditions. Please consult your doctor for advice.

References for claims:

1. https://www.cleanipedia.com/gb/clothing-care/guide-unscented-fragrance-free-washing-powders-laundry-detergents.html

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Last revised: 21 November 2019

Next review: 30 June 2020