An enquiry from a viewer of the SkinCareTV channel on the YouTube video Scar Repair and Wound Healing.
Question from Believe-in-you 123:
ok. I have had several very deep allergic reactions on my face in the last 3 Months. The wounds are deep and pitted and I am having a hard time getting them to close up. I have finally lowered my histamine levels. Usually I heal pretty fast, and I do eat healthy. I have had to debris my wounds several times because no matter what care I have taken, it’s like they want to fester and get itchy. I shower, and gently wash with warm water and a cream cleanser for sensitive skin. Then I cool my face because with my histamine levels being so high, I’m wheeling or getting hives just from too hot of water and scratching. Then I apply a cortisone cream. let that dry.. tgen I apply a vit c, and regeneration cream. let that soak in . then a strong antibiotic.. and bandage. grrrrrrr
Answer from SkinCareTV:
Yes, allergic reactions are hard to control. Anti-histamine (diphenhydramine) pills really help to lower histamine levels and thus the irritation…however they also can cause drowsiness and dryer skin. The steroidal cortisone creams will also lower skin irritation – topically – but they will weaken the skin barrier with sustained use, and also dry the skin.
It’s a hard place to be in – you need to lower the histamine reaction in order to stop the stinging and itching. From a skin point of view i prefer the use of anti histamine pills if possible – but you’d need to discuss that with your allergist/doctor.
Keep your face out of the shower water! Only use cool water on your face….never hot or even warm water. Irritated or allergic skin is naturally hot because of the histamines involved in the inflammation cascade happening in the skin. Heating or warming irritated skin just makes it worse. Only ever have cool water on irritated allergic skin!
Use a soothing product like hyaluronic hydration serum or aloe vera. Vitamin C can be irritating – the least irritating form will be esterized vitamin C – and regenerative creams generally will be irritating by the nature of the ingredients they are formulated with. Stop using both of them if your skin is irritated. Deal with the irritation/allergy first, once under control you can slowly and gently add in regenerative anti aging products. Don’t do antiaging until your skin is strong and balanced after the allergic reaction – otherwise you’ll just start the vicious cycle all over again. Sorry, but it’s realistic…
The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.