For the subsequent instalment of my Pores and skin Allergy Snapshot sequence I needed to supply clarification on a generally confused situation: Contact Dermatitis.

Due to their shared identify, contact dermatitis is usually misdiagnosed because the extra normal dermatitis.

Dermatitis is an umbrella time period that means ‘irritation of the pores and skin’. Although contact dermatitis does fall inside this bracket, so do variations like eczema.

What’s contact dermatitis and what does it appear like?

Contact dermatitis is a response brought on by direct contact with an irritating substance or allergen. It usually manifests as dry, purple, itchy pores and skin that will break or blister and is sore to the contact.

There are two essential sorts of contact dermatitis that are differentiated by their triggers.

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis accounts for round 80% of contact dermatitis instances. It’s introduced on by a powerful response to an exterior irritant.

Frequent irritants embody

  •  Detergents (soaps, washing up liquid, bleach and so forth) 
  • Solvents (alcohol) 
  • Artificial chemical substances

As it’s brought on by contact, irritant contact dermatitis mostly impacts the arms, making it a frustratingly seen situation for victims.

It could come up from a single publicity to a powerful irritant or extended publicity to a weaker one. Except the set off is prevented utterly irritant contact dermatitis usually persists, as the primary bout can harm pores and skin and sensitise the world.

Allergen contact dermatitis

Allergen contact dermatitis is brought on by the immune system’s response to a particular substance. Such allergic reactions develop from contact with an allergen which we now have turn out to be sensitised to.

It isn’t clear why some individuals turn out to be allergic and others don’t, or why we are able to develop sensitivities to substances we’ve been involved with for years.

Frequent allergens embody: 

  • Nickel (in jewelry and garments fastenings – that is the one we hear about most from clients) 
  • Fragrances, Formaldehydes, hair dyes, beauty preservatives
  • Rubber


The best therapy for each types of contact dermatitis is to keep away from the triggers utterly. Should you’re unclear as to what they could be, ask a dermatologist to carry out a patch take a look at to assist determine them.

Purifying your cosmetics is an efficient place to start out. Keep away from foaming face washes, shampoos and bathe gels as these include harsh detergents.

Learn the elements lists in your magnificence merchandise and determine and eradicate widespread triggers. I discovered myself to be notably delicate to Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (each beauty preservatives).

Though it may not remedy the signs, common moisturising helps soothe infected pores and skin. 75% of contact dermatitis instances happen on the arms, so often apply a delicate emollient corresponding to Pai’s Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Hand Therapy Cream for immediate hydration.

For particularly dry pores and skin, attempt our Comfrey & Calendula Body Cream. Its therapeutic system calms allergy-prone pores and skin and heals and regenerates notably broken areas.