Approximately 13 million people will consult with their doctor each year about a skin condition. These skin problems vary from psoriasis, effecting nearly 3% of the population, to atopic conditions such as eczema or contact dermatitis effecting around 20% of the population.
Over recent years we have seen a number of articles about these conditions being on the rise, with no clear understanding as to why. However, there is increasing evidence that going green around the home can make a big difference for those suffering from these problems.
If you or a household member is suffering from a skin problem, particularly those which cause dry flaky skin with very sore patches, the first products we recommend switching are your laundry products. After all, your clothes are in touch with your skin all day long!
Consider switching to Bio-D Laundry Liquid or Powder along with their Fabric Conditioner. All of their products are hypoallergenic, but if you suffer particularly badly we would recommend trying their Fragrance Free versions, as we have had a number of customers who have seen significant improvement after making this change.
Next, consider what you are putting on your body when you shower and wash your hair. So many of the high street brands have chemicals which can irritate the skin, especially if sensitive, and strip away the body's natural oils and protections. We recommend giving Faith in Nature shower gels, shampoos and conditioners a try. They are completely natural and the fragrances are lovely. That said, just because something is natural does not mean you can't be allergic to it! So it's worth experimenting with different fragrances to see what suits you. Many people find the coconut range to be very moisturising and soothing, and it smells awesome! They also offer a fragrance free option.
If you are one of those people who have problems with the skin on your hands and fingers, it may well be a reaction to something you are regularly coming into contact with around the home. Washing up liquid is a favourite as are a number of other cleaning sprays. Again, here we recommend the Bio-D cleaning range which are kind to the skin and very effective when it comes to getting the job done.
Making these changes is unlikely to cure a condition but it will alleviate any symptoms caused by irritation from the existing products you are using. So why not go greener today?