Blotchy, red skin after shower???
Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:08 PM
More recently, I have noticed it a TON on my back. And the hot water seems to make it irritated/itchy while I am in the shower. I've recently started taking luke warm showers and not hot showers because the hot water seems to bug it so much.
I'm wondering if it's got something to do with the heat? Because I have noticed when my back is in the open, its fine and not itchy at all. But when I have clothes and am in the shower, it gets irritated. I also have noticed this under my breasts a little as well.
I don't really know what I can use to maybe help it a little & with summer coming it's kind of making me a little self conscious :/ Also was gonna start tanning in a bed again (I've been a religious self tanner for 5 years... I'm getting sick of it, lol) but I don't want to with this going on.
Any suggestions of anything that might make it a little better?
Also - my boyfriend has told me its there even when I'm not recently out of the shower but it isn't red then. He said it just looks like a skin discoloration...???
Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:15 PM
It could also be an allergic reaction to a product you use, shower gel, shampoo.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:26 PM
Maybe I'm just really sensitive? And should try an acne body wash?
Posted 24 March 2010 - 01:18 AM
We have really hard water where I live, and a few years ago, I started to also get really red patches on my body after showering. Like you also, I turned the heat down in the shower, and it reduced the redness, then I applied a moisturizer (which really didn't help).
It has lessened a lot now. I drink a lot of water (drinking water you buy in stores), use all-natural moisturizers, and take cooler and quicker showers.
I've noticed that when I bathe at my sister's (her place has a really high chlorine count in their water also) my feet get really red, and itchy. I use Jojoba oil and Honey and Calendula Ultra Moisturizer by Kiss my Face on them also sometimes. This helps a lot but isn't a perfect fix.
I know some people use Visine on red spots on their face, but if you have a large area, this may be unrealistic. I've never tried the Visine thing, so I can't say if it works or not.
I recommended talking to a dermatologist about it... they may have a better idea of what's going on. You might want to halt tanning for quite a while... maybe even permanently. If your skin is damaged in those areas, the last thing you want to do is tan and increase the damage. Their are all kinds of self-tanners now. You could give them a try if you can't bare the thought of being pale for the summer.
I would stay away from moisturizers with acids in them for awhile, until you know what's going on.
They make a lot of water filtration systems that are infused with Vitamin E and C that are made specifically for city water. You could also try one of these. I've seen some cheaper ones on Ebay.
You could also try these three articles:
Posted 24 March 2010 - 01:31 AM
I drink a lot of water also (filtered water). I wasn't really moisturizing my back a whole lot as it is an area I tend to forget about, but since I've noticed this, I've started using visine intensive care lotion. I will see if that works. I have only recently started so I'm not sure...
I'm taking your advice on tanning... I still have ample amounts of self tanner left from last summer, so I'll go that route I think.
Posted 24 March 2010 - 02:01 AM
|Originally Posted by Dragonfly|
| Are you using a loofah or the same washcloth, in the shower? |
They get covered with bacteria after 1-2 uses, and can cause a lot of irritation.
I use clean wash cloths every time I use them... I hate the thought of that wet thing sitting in the shower. I always throw them right in the dirty clothes when I'm done, lol.
Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:21 PM
Be sure to moisturize the instant you step out. Aveeno is really good for this as it has calming properties. You could also consider switching to a body wash formulated specifically for this problem. Oatmeal is really calming!
Posted 10 April 2010 - 02:18 AM
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