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Common Causes of Eye Inflammation and Irritation

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There are plenty of common health problems that can bother us all. The cold is one of the most famous ones simply because it seems like there’s no way to truly escape it. After all, all our efforts just seem to delay when we start coughing and sneezing and that’s if we’re lucky. Similarly, sunburn, the sniffles, and all these little problems are just part of the human experience. The little annoyances are things that we can all share with one another. Our eyes getting irritated or inflamed are another one of these shared experiences. It can also end up being one of the most annoying and frustrating ones as well. After all, it tends to be a little painful thanks to the sensitivity of the eye and fixing the problem can end up being troublesome for those of us fond of makeup. It does help to be aware of some of the common causes of this sort of thing though as you can then take steps to protect your eyes. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.

Debris
This is the only most of us end up leaping to whenever we see our eyes looking a little red or feeling one in pain. The idea that something must be in one’s eye makes intuitive sense and is a good first step to address. “Debris” encompasses a lot of potential culprits though. Stray eyelashes, particulate matter, and anything else you can think of that might blow into and affect the eye tends to fall into this category. The general idea is simply foreign matter touching the sensitive surface of the eye. You can generally figure this one out relatively easily with large debris. It tends to be visible and able to be removed if you’re careful. You can also flush your eyes with water to help clear them our as well. This is typically your best option when you’re dealing with finer dust and particles that you can’t actually “pick” out of your eyes. Irritation in this case tends to radiate out from the spot where the debris got caught too. As a result, this problem is easy to solve.

Allergies
Pollen can technically fall under debris, in some cases, but most of the time it is going to be a less direct effect. Allergies a problem for almost everyone. If there’s a sufficient concentration of pollen in the air, it doesn’t matter if you “don’t have any allergies” as you’ll likely still be feeling it. Allergies affect us in varying ways with various kinds of irritation and inflammation to the eyes being relatively common. The level of irritation and inflammation is going to vary depending on the severity of the allergy though. Most of the time you’ll likely just experience a little redness and itchiness, but sometimes it can become a full reaction. You can end up with swollen and watery eyes on top of all that. The good news is, as with debris, this problem is relatively easily solved by taking an antihistamine or using antihistamine eye drops. These will generally soothe the problem away and let you return to going about your business.

Infection
We generally don’t think much about eye infections until the words “pink eye” come in up conversation. Those words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of parents and office workers alike. There are plenty of other kinds of eye infection though. Most of these come from accidental exposure to an unwelcome bacteria. The exact symptoms tend to vary, but they tend to result in redness and irritation as with most things that bother your eyes. Infections are resistant to most other treatments though and end up requiring you to go to your doctor. You can also expect symptoms to progress. That’s why we strongly urge you to always take the time to make sure to make the appointment with your doctor if irritation in an eye is not going away as it could lead to permanent damage of the eye if you’re not careful. Fortunately, these infections tend to be difficult to spread if they aren’t pink eye. Following whatever treatment your doctor prescribes and doing you best not to touch your eyes will help you recover from this sort of problem.

Inflamed and irritated eyes are pain, yes, but the most common issues are relatively easy to treat. They simply require you to address them appropriately. Medication, antihistamines, or even just washing out your eyes can be all it takes to ease irritation and inflammation. Just try to figure out what’s causing the problem and approach it properly. You should be able to get back to seeing just fine without any nagging irritations easily enough.

Does Your Face Tingle

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Everyone’s skin reacts differently to the varied ingredients that the skincare industry uses routinely. There is typically a general idea of how skin will react to a given ingredient when it is being used. Hydrating substances almost always only hydrate. Exfoliators almost always exfoliate. The general rules allow for the fact that some people have reactions to the ingredients though. There is no getting around this as people can randomly form previously unknown allergies or previously failed to encounter a sufficiently strong concentration of a compound to trigger a reaction. This is relatively rare. In general, all you need to worry about is a slight, often pleasant, tingling sensation after using particular products. But why? What should you expect to tingle? We’re looking into that in this article.

Your Skin’s Friends
The products you’re most likely to experience tingling with are cleansers and exfoliators. These products are designed to help get through your skin’s natural barriers. It makes perfect sense that you’d feel something when the product is definitely reaching your skin, unlike some other products. These are expected simply due to the nature of the products, but other products can tingle as well depending on their ingredients. Some people find that serums and products utilizing potent natural extracts can cause a light tingling or a cooling sensation on contact with the skin. The returning theme in all these products is that you’ll generally be working with a product that includes somewhat potent products when you’re feeling a tingling sensation. It isn’t something to be cautious of in most cases. You’re just being made aware that the product is acting on your skin.

But Why?
This is a somewhat harder question to answer. Obviously, the products are interacting with your skin, but the exact way they interact varies depending on the product. Cleansing and exfoliating products frequently utilize light concentrations of skin friendly acids. The tingling is typically the acid cutting through dead skin, grime, and oils to reach your skin. It necessarily keeps acting on your skin some and this is how you can get a gradual skin lightening effect from some products. Those fond of using potent products utilizing natural extracts are dealing with a different reaction though. Depending on the ingredient, it may just be the standard natural reaction of the body to the substance. Remember that we’ve used things like aloe for ages for a cooling effect and it provides this in almost every form. This is true of any plant with potent natural oils.

When To Be Wary
Sometimes your skin will tingle outside of using products heavy in these kinds of ingredients. This is when you need to be wary of what is going into the product. Frequent culprits, in low-quality products, are unmarked complex ingredients like “fragrance”. These occasionally have ingredients in them that interact negatively with your skin and actively cause damage. Ideally, you should always have high-quality products with complete ingredient lists, but high-quality products alone can guard against any unmarked fragrance including chemicals that hurt your skin. Some skincare products also utilize alcohols as part of their formula. These can cause your skin to tingle and dry out. Try to examine ingredient lists to avoid these products and ensure your skin’s continued health.

Tingling skin is typically a good sign when it comes to your skin’s health. You know products meant to help clean your skin have actually reached the surface of your skin when you sense the tingling. It can also provide a bonus effect if the tingling is from a potent natural oil. You should never forget that all products aren’t made equally. There are plenty of lower quality products out there that we can reach for in a rush that cause tingling while harming our skin. Sticking to good quality products with clear ingredient lists are the best protection for your skin.

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Why Use Hypoallergenic Products?

Woman suffering from allergies

Hypoallergenic products have been around in one form or another for a while. They promise to ensure that there are no allergens to worry about in a given product… or at least, no common allergens. This is a boon in a world where common ingredients can lead to annoying skin reactions and other symptoms for many of us. A broad push is being made for more people to use hypoallergenic products though. People highlight the idea that it is “healthier” and somehow encourages overall well-being. This isn’t quite as true as people might like, but there are good reasons for you to consider using hypoallergenic products. These particular product formulas may be a good way to ensure that your skin remains happy and healthy. But why should you use hypoallergenic products anyway?

Allergies
The most obvious reason to use hypoallergenic products is if you already know you have allergies. They vary in severity, but they remain an annoying prospect regardless of how violent a reaction your body has to a given allergen. Picking out hypoallergenic products is easy given that such products tend to advertise their status very clearly. It makes perfect sense to take that extra step to guard your health against unwelcome external problems. This is especially true when dealing with beauty and skin care products. Remember that you use these products on sensitive and typically highly visible areas of your body. A bad topical reaction can easily spoil your complexion for weeks or potentially cause permanent damage depending on the severity of the reaction. Don’t play games with your skin’s health or you may very well regret it.

Preemptive Caution
As we age, our bodies change in a variety of ways. One of the most annoying parts is that we can unexpectedly develop allergies to things we weren’t allergic to before. Most of the time these changes tend to happen around the times our bodies are already in flux. Pregnancy and other pronounced hormonal changes are particularly notorious for changing the body in such ways. Hypoallergenic products are a good way to stay ahead of any potential problems if you’re expecting any such changes. They let you avoid finding out about new allergies in the worst way possible. Many are used to taking preemptive measures to help guard their beauty and this is no different. Everyone doesn’t need to instantly switch to hypoallergenic products, but you may want to consider them if you have major life changes happening.

Avoiding Problem Ingredients
One of the most vexing things is that sometimes non-hypoallergenic products can irritate anyone’s skin. This is typically found among low-quality products, but can occur in any product where the ingredients aren’t watched carefully. We strongly advise against using any product you don’t implicitly trust that uses “fragrance” without a clear breakdown of ingredients. Low-quality products can sometimes be perfectly fine, but could also end up causing skin problems due to unknown, skin irritating ingredients. Fragrance as an ingredient in high-quality products doesn’t run this risk, but it is still something to be aware of whenever you’re using such products. Hypoallergenic products typically avoid the kinds of ingredients that would cause such skin problems and can be a good focus when you’re trying to grab a product while traveling and aren’t sure.

Hypoallergenic products have a clear place in skin care and beauty. They help us avoid potential skin issues from our known or unknown allergies. The products also offer a quick guide for when we need to quickly grab products when we’re on the go and aren’t sure of what to grab from what’s available. Fortunately, the clear marking of most hypoallergenic products should be enough to help you stay on top of things regardless of why they feel the need to use such products.