Skin & Food Allergies Are Not The Same Thing

If You Can’t Eat It, You Can Probably Still Use It In A Cream. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm allergic to almonds…can I use a cream with an ingredient extracted from almonds?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI can’t eat coconuts…that means I can’t use coconut oil, right?‚ÄĚ If you have prick tested positive to something, it is more likely than not that you …

It's Complicated: Allergic Versus Irritant Reaction

It’s Complicated: Allergic Versus Irritant Reaction

A¬†reaction is a reaction…isn’t it? Yes, in that a skin reaction usually looks and feels “off.” No, in that¬†a¬†skin reaction can be irritant or allergic. Some substances can be irritants but not allergens (such as the iodine on the bottom right of¬†the photo above) or allergens but not irritants (such as the lemongrass essential oil …

Less Is More In Skincare, Too!

Less Is More In Skincare, Too!

SIMPLIFY. “Less is more” is a healthy philosophy for pretty much everything in life. In food, less processed means more nutrients and less junk. Studies show that mindfulness ‚ÄĒ clearing the mind of clutter and focusing on the now ‚ÄĒ has significant health benefits for the brain and aging. In skincare, simple formulations with as …

Top Recommendations for Patients With Eczema

Eczema is characterized by¬†inflammation, barrier defect, blistering, itching,¬†and very dry skin. Eczematous skin can¬†get so dry that it cracks…and then microbial infection can become an additional problem. What to do to keep skin with¬†eczema smooth, happy, and healthy…and steroid free? Let’s start with what not to do. What To Avoid: Harsh soaps; Hot water; Frequent …

Eczema Flare-Up? Here's What To Do…

If you’re noticing a flare coming, try staving it off with a steroid-free soothing balm or anti-inflammatory balm. If you experience a flare-up, follow what your doctor prescribes. First, practice mindfulness. Eczema is an inflammatory condition. Panic and stress can¬†fuel inflammation. Make your first action to practice your calming techniques such as meditation and breathing …

What Causes Eczema?

Eczema¬†causes include… a. Contact dermatitis From… Allergens in skincare and makeup; Clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, accessories; Phone and computer¬†materials and protective cases; Flowers, plants, and fruits; Insecticides, dishwashing liquids, laundry detergents, house cleaning solutions; Airborne allergens from perfumes, room sprays, even vaping. There are many more common contact allergens than you might think. This is why …

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is… …not any “sensitive skin.” Eczema is a general term for atopic dermatitis, which is the inflammation in¬†the upper dermis of the skin. This inflammation brings about¬†“edema,” which is swelling from fluid retention. The fluid then moves upwards to the epidermis (the skin‚Äôs topmost layer), collects in between cells, and eventually becomes fluid-filled “bubbles” …

On Contact Dermatitis, Sensitive Skin, and Patch Testing: Interview with an Expert

Is a rash a skin allergy or an irritation? What is a patch test and why would¬†I need one? How can I prevent rashes? To¬†get clarity, we¬†spoke to¬†Jenny Murase,¬†Chair of the CAMP Optimization Task Force of the¬†American Contact Dermatitis Society,¬†Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and¬†Director of the Patch Test Clinic at the Palo Alto Foundation …