Living With Dermatitis

Identifying Dermatitis

The signs of dermatitis vary depending on the type you have. Eczema is atopic; therefore it is common in those who have a family history of genetics prone to allergic reactions. Dermatitis is caused by allergens recognised from outside of the body, which can include; acids, alkalies, detergents and solvents which cause irritation.

Common allergens of dermatitis are:

–       perfumes in soaps, toiletries and cosmetics

–       base metal used for costume jewellery, studs on jeans and zips such as nickel and cobalt

–       rubber

–       formaldehyde, found in detergents, fabric conditioner, cosmetics and newsprint

–       hairdressing products; bleaches and perm products

Plants that can cause dermatitis are strawberries, tomatoes, ivy and tulips. Some plants make people break out in rashes that are also not caused by allergies, but by oils or other chemicals in the plants. The technical term for all skin rashes caused by plants is phytodermatitis. (

This does not extend to the skins reactions to a plant such as a stingy nettle, which causes a tingling painful non-allergenic reaction. A clearer indication of a plant allergic reaction is when the skin continually reacts after contact for several weeks.

More examples of plant-based allergens are garlic, onions and hyacinths

The sore red rashes usually take around 24 – 72 hrs to appear after initial contact.

The Science behind Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is caused by an allergen or an irritating substance. Irritant contact dermatitis accounts for 80% of all cases of contact dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is very common worldwide and increasing in prevalence. It affects males and females equally and accounts for 10%–20% of all referrals to dermatologists. Individuals who live in urban areas with low humidity are more prone to develop this type of dermatitis.

Dermatitis herpetiformis appears as a result of a gastrointestinal condition, known as celiac disease. Clearly, the gluten content is an indicator of being an allergen, present in food and most commercial skincare.

Seborrheic dermatitis is more common in infants and in individuals between 30 and 70 years old. It appears to affect primarily men and it occurs in 85% of people suffering from AIDS.

Stasis dermatitis is an inflammation on the lower legs which is caused by buildups of blood and fluid and it is more likely to occur in people with varicose.

Perioral dermatitis is somewhat similar to rosacea; it appears more often in women between 20 and 60 years old.

Premae’s Solution

Dermatitis is a skin disorder which causes inflammation, resulting in redness and cracked or chapped skin. Every range at Premae Skincare contains atleast 1 natural plant based anti-inflammatory, which does not contain any of the glutens, plant, acid or akali ingredients which trigger Dermatitis. The range with the highest anti-inflammatory content is Pharma100.

Pharma100 Range contains White Tea Oil which acts as a relaxer. It calms stressed weeping skin and encourages the inflammation to become sedated – almost like the action of a deep tissue massage as you press the products into the skin.

Apply your desired 3 step trinity regime both day and night over 28 days to see optimum results. Continue use for atleast 3 – 6months to control and manage the symptoms longterm.

Look better, feel beautiful

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe DS.c

Owner & Creator of Premae Skincare, Award nominated educator of the year, Allergy Expert

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