Trying to get to the bottom of a skin reaction can be frustrating, and even in the Pai office we were guilty of missing obvious irritants!
In the middle of spring, it's easy to accuse seasonal allergies, and hay fever was the first suggestion when Sophie, executive assistant, and Meg, social media manager, mysteriously suffered from itchy skin and eyes.
When the symptoms disappeared on a long holiday weekend, we found that the problem was a bit closer to our desks than we thought.
All it took to solve the problem was a simple change of surface cleaning spray – but it is not always so easy to find the culprit of a reaction.
They often contain a cocktail of potentially irritating ingredients to keep the fabric fibers soft and static-free.
If you have rashes mostly in areas that are normally covered by clothing, try switching to an odorless, detergent-free formula, or consider using fabric softener entirely!
Zinc PCA can be good news for your skin, especially if you have a complexion-prone and sensitive complexion.
Zinc oxide, an inorganic form that is often found in sunscreen, diaper rash cream and mineral make-up, can make the skin red, irritated and itchy in allergy sufferers.
Synthetic fabrics not only feel itchy and hot on sensitive skin, they can also contain additives. Traces of formaldehyde resins (used to make wrinkle-resistant fabrics) and para-phenylenediamine (PPD – used in dyes) can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
These additives are more common in artificial fabrics, but some wool and bedding can also feel rough and itchy on sensitive skin.
Cotton is widely accepted as the best choice for sensitive skin and it is getting easier to find organic cotton too!