Unlike sinus allergies, skin allergies can be very different depending on the individual skin type and the skin’s reaction. Some people may experience redness, irritation, itchiness, blemishes or a combination of all symptoms. Some people may experience very light allergic reactions while others may have much more severe reactions.
In addition to seasonal changes, there are other types of factors that can trigger allergic reactions on the skin.
Common Skin Allergies
The following are some of the more common skin allergies:
• Pollen – skin can often react to pollen along with sinuses. Many pollens are naturally “sticky” in order for plants to propagate and the pollen will stick to skin causing irritation.
• Dust and Dirt – often itchy skin is a cause of dust and dirt particles that lodge in pores and irritate the skin. The irritation then causes blood to travel to capillaries just beneath the skin surface causing redness and further skin irritation.
• Airborne chemicals – many types of fragrances, scented lotions, sprays or cleaning chemicals can cause an allergic reaction. Depending on the sensitivity of the skin some people can experience severe reactions including redness, blemishes, rashes and other symptoms.
• Makeup or skin care products – people with sensitive skin can have an allergic reaction to certain types of makeup, soaps, or lotions. In some cases people may develop allergic reactions when there had been no problems using the products before.
The biggest challenge with skin allergies is determining the cause. It is not often easy to identify if the allergy is from pollen or a perfume, or if it is something else entirely. Working with a dermatologist can help you to determine what is causing redness and find a solution that will help.