Hidden Everyday Household Skin Irritants

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Six everyday household skin irritants that could be secretly aggravating your skin

If you’ve always suffered from sensitive skin, you’ve probably nailed your beauty regime. After all, it makes sense that the stuff we put directly on our skin is the first thing we look to when we experience a strange reaction. However, if you’re wondering why you still experience skin irritation from time to time, despite avoiding allergens as much as possible, it could be that seemingly innocuous items around your home are causing problems. Here are a few possible household skin irritants – and how to deal with them…

  1. Household cleaners

    There are a whole range of household cleaning products out there that could be the enemy of sensitive skin. Of course, you never intend for household irritants to come into direct contact with your skin. However, it’s impossible to avoid them completely. The Neutral 0% household range includes products such as washing up liquid designed to be gentle on sensitive skin. Meanwhile, if you’re using disinfectants, polishes and other cleaning products, always wear protective gloves.
  2. Scented candles and air fresheners

    They might make your house smell divine. However, that doesn’t mean the candles and air fresheners you buy to turn your home into a relaxing haven are good for you. Scented candles and air fresheners can be household irritants, as fragrance allergies are extremely common. But people often overlook them since they are convinced their reaction must be down to something they’ve actually touched. For instance, it’s not unusual to come out in a rash or hives from musk or vanilla scents. Both of which are incredibly popular home aromas. Unless you’re certain you’re not allergic to your favourite scented candle, you’re better off freshening up your home with natural fragrances from plants and flowers (as long as you’re not allergic to them too, of course…).
  3. Soap and hand sanitizer

    Soap and hand sanitizer Soap can be a household skin irritant too. Many of us wash our hands obsessively. Especially if we have young children or a job that involves using our hands. But excessive use of soap can lead to unpleasant dry and chapped skin known.

    Meanwhile, hand sanitizer gels can be an even worse household skin irritant. In fact, when swine flu was rife, doctors saw a rise in patients suffering from irritant hand dermatitis. This was a direct result of increased use of the popular gels, which should really only be used occasionally. Ditch that dinky bottle and instead wash your hands with Neutral 0% Hand Wash. It keeps hands clean, soft and refreshed while respecting the skin’s natural pH level. All helping to minimise the risk of skin irritation.
  4. Laundry Products

    Laundry products It’s a frustrating truth that often it’s fabric softener and dryer sheets causing itching and irritation all over the body. Somewhat defeating the object of making your clothes softer and more comfortable! Neutral 0% Fabric Conditioner will keep your clothes soft and gentle on your skin while helping to prevent static electricity. Moreover, our Neutral 0% Fabric Conditioner is fragrance-free, hypo-allergenically and dermatologically tested and approved.
  5. Plasters and bandages

    If you’ve accidentally cut or grazed yourself, possible allergies will be the last thing on your mind. Nevertheless, many people are surprised when they experience a reaction to plasters and bandages. But plasters and bandages can be household skin irritants. Often, this is down to a latex allergy. We all know the natural rubber is used in household gloves and condoms. However, some everyday adhesives can also contain latex, such as those used in sticking plasters. Therefore, keep a stash of plasters that don’t contain latex – they’re usually labelled “for sensitive skin”. Additionally, next time you nick yourself shaving, at least you won’t come out in a rash…
  6. Your mouse pad

    If you develop a sudden rash on your wrist, you’ll be scratching your head (and indeed your arm…) trying to work out the reason – a new perfume or some jewellery, perhaps? Not necessarily – many people find that allergic contact dermatitis is caused by rubber products. These products can be household skin irritants. Hence, it could be that your innocent-looking mouse mat is giving you problems. Shop around for a plastic-coated alternative or, where possible, cover your wrist with clothing while you work. Try our moisturising body lotion to provide a protective barrier to your skin against household skin irritants.

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