Know your triggers

It’s not known exactly what causes dry skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. For most people, a combination of genetics and a trigger are involved.

A wide range of everyday factors can act as triggers for dry skin conditions. They may be chemical, biological or physical, such as repeated hand washing.

Common triggers

  • Unsuitable foaming soaps, shampoos, household cleaners and washing up liquid
  • Use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers and frequent hand washing
  • Unsuitable hair dyes
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fragrances
  • Certain fabrics, such as wool and polyester
  • Stress
  • Heat, including hot showers and sweating during or after exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Central heating
  • Pet dander (flakes of skin and hair from furry animals)
  • Seasonal pollen from grass, trees, flowers etc
  • Changes in hormone levels
  • Food allergies, such as dairy products, eggs, peanuts, soya or wheat
  • Metals, particularly nickel
  • Cigarette smoke

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