If you have seasonal allergies, such as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, then you already know they can have a significant impact on your sinuses. But did you know that your skin can also be susceptible to allergy symptoms? Learning why and how seasonal allergies can affect your skin can help you create a plan of action that keeps you comfortable.
Allergies and the skin share a complex relationship. When the body comes into contact with allergens like pollen, mold, or dust mites, it triggers an immune response that can manifest as various unwanted skin symptoms¹. The good news is that understanding this connection and adopting appropriate skincare strategies can help provide relief. Let’s explore the ways allergies and the skin interact and some skincare tips for allergy season to help you stay comfortable when pollen and other irritants seem to be taking over.
Allergy-Related Skin Changes
Allergies can be bothersome, but knowing what to look out for can help you distinguish between typical allergy symptoms and other skin conditions. Getting to the root cause of the issue is paramount to finding relief. Here are a few ways seasonal allergies can affect your skin.
One of the most common skin symptoms of seasonal allergies is itching or irritated skin. Allergens, like pollen, can cause an immune response that can lead to itchiness, redness, and discomfort. This can be particularly prominent in areas that come into direct contact with allergens, such as the face, neck, and hands.
To help calm irritated skin and reduce the temptation to scratch, keep the skin cool and moisturize regularly.
Seasonal allergies can trigger or worsen symptoms in individuals with pre-existing eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis². This common skin condition is characterized by dry, scaly, and itchy patches on the skin. When allergens come into contact with the skin, they can further disrupt the skin barrier and lead to flare-ups. Focus on using gentle skincare products to calm irritation.
Not all skin allergy symptoms manifest the same way. Sometimes, allergic reactions can come in the form of hives. These raised, itchy welts on the skin typically vary in size and shape and can appear suddenly. While many people associate hives with food and medication allergies, they can also be triggered by pollen³. To find relief from hives, take antihistamines, apply cool compresses, and avoid allergy triggers.
Skincare Tips for Allergy Season
Luckily, you don’t have to suffer from seasonal allergies without recourse. There are general skincare practices you can implement to help improve skin allergy symptoms.
It's crucial to determine which allergens cause symptoms so you can take steps to minimize exposure. Keeping a close eye on pollen forecasts, limiting outdoor activities when pollen counts are high, and using air purifiers or filters in your home can all help reduce indoor allergens.
Boost Your Skin Barrier
Learning how seasonal allergies can affect your skin and taking steps to alleviate symptoms is a step in the right direction toward a glowing, youthful appearance. Focusing on products that reinforce your skin’s barrier can help keep you feeling comfortable. OSEA’s Sea Minerals Mist, for example, cools and refreshes with its mineral-infused formula, helping to nourish sun-drenched skin and deliver plumping hydration.
Nature’s perfect hydrator
Our Undaria Collagen™ Body Lotion and Hyaluronic Sea Serum can give your skin the lasting hydration it needs. Both products feature lightweight formulas and hyaluronic acid, which provides long-lasting moisture. The Undaria Collagen Body Lotion also has a fragrance-free option, which is ideal for sensitive skin.
When your skin feels dry and sensitive, reach for the Dayglow Face Oil™, which contains mineral-rich Undaria algae combined with moisturizing botanical oils. The formula also includes Omegas 6 and 9 for additional barrier support.
Seaweed-infused face oil
Use skincare products that create a barrier against environmental pollutants. Our Atmosphere Protection® Cream was developed with barrier support in mind and rebalances the skin’s own microbiota to promote a healthy, radiant complexion.
Lightweight barrier moisturizer
Consult an Expert
It is important to seek professional help if your allergy symptoms are becoming disruptive. A dermatologist can carefully assess your condition, offer personalized advice, and prescribe helpful medications if necessary.
By taking proper care of your skin and minimizing exposure to allergens, you can find relief from seasonal, allergy-related skin issues and maintain healthier, more comfortable skin.
1. Marsh, N. (15 April 2022). PSA: Seasonal Allergies Might Be Cause of Your Dry, Irritated Skin. The Zoe Report. Retrieved on July 12, 2023, from https://www.thezoereport.com/beauty/how-seasonal-allergies-affect-your-skin-expert-tips-to-help
2. Schneider, L. (15 July 2021). Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis and Allergies: What Is the Connection? National Eczema Association. Retrieved on July 12, 2023, from https://nationaleczema.org/blog/atopic-dermatitis-and-allergies-connection/
3. Conditions Treated (A-Z): Hives. Penn Medicine. Retrieved on July 12, 2023, from https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-information/conditions-treated-a-to-z/hives