Allergic Contact Dermatitis by primusboy


									Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Cause and Prevention
Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin condition, characterized by skin
desquamation, redness and itchiness. The main sources for allergic
contact dermatitis are skin care products, especially synthetic and
chemical skin care, hair and nail care products: shampoos, conditioners,
hair sprays, body soaps, lotions, which contained fragrances,
preservatives and sunscreens.
The face is the prominent area for contact dermatitis but any body
surface can be affected. Airborne allergens and irritants like
pollutants, plant pollen, strong UV rays exposure, smoking, gloves,
solvents can also be added to the skin dermatitis.
Fragrances, especially artificial fragrances, Balsam of Peru, cinnamic
aldehyde are the frequent allergens which can induce allergic contact
dermatitis. Balsam of Peru is natural mixture of aromatic chemicals with
a pleasant odor of cinnamein and essential oil containing cinnamic acid
and vanillin. It is often used in cosmetic, pharmaceuticals and
A number of preservatives used in cosmetics like formaldehyde releaser
(agents that slowly liberate small amount of formaldehyde) and parabens
are the most likely to cause allergic dermatitis. In the same time harsh
cleansers, astringents, acne medication and rejuvenating cream using AHA
(alpha hydroxyl acid) or other chemical products can expose your face to
allergic contact dermatitis.
Moisturizers containing alpha hydroxyl acid are widely used in reversing
the signs of skin aging. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) are a family of
naturally occurring organic acids. Glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane
is the most commonly used ingredient in superficial peeling. However,
when this acid is applied in high concentration or for a long period of
time, it results in detachment of the cells from epidermis (keratinocyes)
and lysis of the epidermal cells (epidermolysis).This result, unbalances
the skin barrier, which has a tremendous role in skin protection.
Glycolic acid becomes efficient and safe when is used in a proper
concentration. It has to be stated however, that it can be irritating for
sensitive skin.
Several sunscreen agents like para-amino benzoic, an ultraviolet UV B
blocker, benzophenone, cinnamates dybenzoylmethanes can cause photo-
allergic dermatitis. Some of them like oxybenzone, avobenzone (Parsol
1789), which blocks UVA are less frequent causes of dermatitis.
To be on a safe side you may used moisturizers with antioxidants and get
the same anti aging effect and provide protection of the skin barrier. By
using different types of antioxidants, diverse metabolic pathways within
the cells are activated. Most common antioxidants are: carotenes, vitamin
E, vitamin C, selenium, flavonoids and proanthocyanidins.
In conclusion, you have to be careful when using chemical skin care with
fragrances, harsh preservatives, sunscreen and AHA. You have to learn
reading the labels for those ingredients and subsequently eliminate them
for your skin care routine.
Dr. C.E. Budu has a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and two postdoctoral trainings
in Pharmacology and Microbiology. She is the author of several peer
reviewed articles in her field and co-author in a patent in cancer field.
She developed TelBari Inc. Skin Care through which she created several
formulations suitable for sensitive skin using only organic herbal
extracts and genuine oils.
Her belief is that feeding the skin with natural and useful compounds is
as important as eating a healthy diet Company's Herbal skin remedies are
well known for their fast relief from different skin ailments such as:
eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, cellulite, skin's restoration, dry and
aged skin.

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