How Allergies Affect Your Complexion

Skin CareYour complexion is a good barometer of your overall health. If you have a fever, your face will be bright red and warm to the touch. Conversely, a stomach upset can cause your face to turn pale white.

Have you been experiencing symptoms such as blemishes, inflammation or itching but you’re unable to identify the source? Allergies can cause these and other reactions to affect your complexion. Take your allergies into account when developing an effective skin care program.

Food Allergies and Intolerance

A food allergy occurs when your body is unable to identify components of specific foods such as wheat and treats them as invaders. In response, your immune system releases antibodies to battle the offending food. One of these substance is histamine, which can result in an outbreak of hives, blemishes or general irritation on your complexion.

A food intolerance arises when your system lacks the resources to properly digest a particular food item such as dairy. In this case the undigested molecules pass through the stomach into the bloodstream where they are ultimately filtered through the liver and kidneys. The toll that this process takes on your body has been linked to acne and eczema.

Seasonal Allergies

As if a runny nose, itchy eyes and headaches weren’t enough, seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on your skin. You can suffer from a number of effects ranging from dark undereye circles and blotchy skin tone to puffiness, itching and flakiness.

With seasonal allergies, your immune system overreacts when you are exposed to the irritating substance such as pollen or dander. As with food allergies, a number of antibodies are released in an attempt to expel the allergen. Since these allergies affect the upper respiratory system, the concentration of antibodies results in these skin conditions.

Fortunately, you’re not helpless against these allergies. At North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care we offer a number of services such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing to safely restore the healthy glow to your complexion. Our professional experts will consult with you to determine the treatment that best addresses your needs.

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