One-third of Australians are affected by significant skin conditions at some stage in their life. The winter months are a big challenge for most people suffering from skin conditions. The humidity drops and the air gets very dry, leading to frustratingly itchy flare-ups.

What are the most common symptoms? 

People suffering from general skin conditions normally experience symptoms such as itchiness, red skin or a rash.

What causes skin disorders?

The exact cause of skin disorders is still unclear. The foods we eat, the cosmetic and cleaning products we use on our skin, the natural environment we live in and of course stress can all cause skin disorders.

We quite often forget that the daily cleaning products we use such as facial cleansers, hand wash, soap, shampoo and conditioner are constantly in direct contact with our skin, and most of these products contain artificial additives such as colourings and fragrance which can lead to dry skin or cause allergic reactions.

Moisturisers such as facial cream and body lotion can do more harm than good if they are rich in mineral oil, chemicals colourings and fragrance, which most of them are. We think we are moisturising the skin while in fact we are applying toxins on the skin which can only temporarily revitalise the skin but irritate and worsen the skin conditions in the long run.

Stress is another commonly known cause of skin related disorders. We all deal with stress on a daily basis, it can come from various sources such as work, relationship problems, or children misbehaving. As a result, we might start to get headaches, skin allergies or even mood swings.

Some studies have indicated that a gastrointestinal imbalance can also lead to skin related issues, and a supplement of acidophilus can sometimes offer some relief.

What to do?
  • Stay hydrated – Maintaining moisture in the skin is your number one priority.  This is especially important in winter, because when the air dries out, so does your skin. You have to be on top of your skin issues all the time and constantly manage it.
  • Avoid the heat – It’s tempting to crank the heater in winter but unfortunately, it’s a fast way to dry out the skin and trigger a flare-up. One of the best ways to overcome the chill is to layer up with clothing made of soft, natural fabrics.
  • Consider using a humidifier – A humidifier in the home can help add moisture back into the dry air, especially if you have the heater on. But what if you do not own a humidifier? Simply fill some bowls with water and place there around the house when you have got the heating on.

People with sensitive skin should always be extra careful with the products that come into direct contact with the skin. By all means avoid products that contain dyes, perfumes and fragrances. Notably, the chemicals in normal washing powder or liquids can remain on the fabric after wash and dry which may irritate sensitive skin.

Acidic foods such as tomatoes tend to create flare-ups, therefore, should be avoided. Food dyes and colourings can also worsen skin symptoms if consumed regularly. About 80% of sugary foods contain food dyes or colourings and are consumed by most adults and children without any knowledge of the side effects. Believe it or not, yellow food colouring is one of the worst food additives. If you start paying attention on food labels you will be surprised about the percentage of food that actually contain food dyes and colourings. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, stick with everything natural, less processed food and all natural skin products.

Exercise regularly can also help with skin issues, if you are too busy to visit the gym, why not get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to work?

Another effective remedy is Emu Oil, it can hydrate the skin faster than any other oil or cream. Its anti-inflammatory properties can sufficiently reduce the redness and pain associated with skin issues. It can also significantly reduce irritation and inflammation caused by skin conditions after a few applications. Emu Tracks Pure Emu Oil along with other Emu Oil products are 100% natural with no added preservatives, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.