How to avoid skin irritation naturally

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As anyone with eczema, psoriasis or another skin condition knows, a flare-up can easily ruin your day. If you’re looking for natural ways to avoid skin irritation, our quick guide might help.

Embrace natural clothing

Natural fabrics allow your skin to ‘breathe’, so tend to be better for sensitive skin than manmade fibres. However, some natural fabrics can cause irritation. Lots of people are sensitive to the lanolin in wool for example. Cotton and bamboo are usually your safest options. You’ll want to try layering clothes, so that it’s easy to keep cosy without getting too hot.

Switch to gentler products

Try switching to gentler, more natural products, which are fragrance free and don’t contain harsh chemicals. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), for instance, is a common ingredient in high-street shower gels and shampoos, but lots of studies have found that it can irritate skin. All Faith in Nature products are free from SLS, SLES, parabens and other ingredients you might prefer to avoid. Our fragrance free range is a great choice if you have sensitive skin, as every product in the range is hypoallergenic.

Laundry detergents and cleaning products can also affect skin conditions. Different people react to different products, so you’ll need to take a trial and error approach to see what works for you. On the whole, it’s a good idea to stick to non-bio detergent, and try more natural detergents and cleaning products.

Avoid body lotions with synthetic fragrances

When your skin is feeling dry and itchy, or flaking, it’s tempting to reach for a rich body lotion. Unfortunately, some creams and lotions can make the situation worse, especially ones that contain synthetic perfumes.

Go fragrance free

Natural products are often fragranced with essential oils. While most are unlikely to irritate your skin, you might prefer to stick to unperfumed products, just to be on the safe side. Our fragrance free range is specially formulated for sensitive skin. It’s not only unperfumed, the whole range is also free from colours, essential oils, parabens, SLS/SLES and other allergens. It’s particularly popular with those of our customers who have eczema, psoriasis or a similar skin condition.

The range includes a fragrance free shower gel and foam bath, which has been awarded the full five stars by every customer who’s reviewed it.  There’s also a shampoo, conditioner, soap and hand and body lotion, all of which have proved popular with reviewers. For the younger members of the family, we recommend our fragrance free baby lotion and bubbly bath.

Try aromatherapy and other stress relievers

While you might want to avoid perfumed products, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the benefits of aromatherapy. Stress can aggravate skin complaints and aromatherapy has been found to aid relaxation. A few drops of essential oil in an oil burner can really help you to unwind after a busy day. Rose otto, ylang ylang and geranium are all good essential oils to choose, as they’ve been found to relieve stress and promote positivity. You could also try meditation – we’ve heard lots of good things about the Headspace phone app.    

Keep a diary

Some people find that certain foods or allergens (such as pet hair or pollen) can make their skin condition worse. You might want to start a simple diary, listing flare-ups and what you’ve eaten and drunk, any allergens you might have come into contact with, what laundry detergent, shower gel and shampoo you’ve used, and so on. You’ll need to keep your diary for at least two weeks. If you think something might be irritating your skin, try cutting it out and seeing whether you notice a difference. Again, what affects one person might not affect someone else, but the most common food allergies are dairy products, eggs, gluten, soya, nuts, fish and shellfish.


All Faith in Nature products are free from SLS, parabens, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances. Our fragrance free range is particularly gentle as it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin.

Please note that this article is not designed to offer medical advice. For severe psoriasis, eczema and other conditions, you might want to ask your GP to refer you to a dermatologist. 


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