As you’re planning your next trip to a dermatologist, it’s important to remember that most of the time your skin is protected from the elements, so your skin isn’t exposed to the sun.
But it can still be exposed to allergens such as pollen, dust and bacteria.
So how can you keep your face, hands and body clear of allergens?
First and foremost, it depends on your skin type.
If you have dry, oily skin, it may be easier to keep it clear by avoiding all sun exposure, while those with a combination of oily and dry skin are at greater risk of developing allergies.
If your skin doesn’t react to allergeners well, it can take some trial and error to find a way to keep them out of your face.
If there’s something you’re allergic to or it’s something that can trigger a reaction, it could be time to call your dermatologist.
If allergies are a concern for you, consider taking a few allergy medications as prescribed by your doctor.
For example, the allergy medicine diclofenac may help prevent the growth of a skin rash and is often prescribed for skin rashes and acne.
If this medication isn’t appropriate for you and you don’t have a skin condition to deal with, you can consider taking vitamin C to help reduce your risk of allergies.
The Australian College of Dermatologists recommends taking a daily multivitamin containing at least 1,000 mcg of vitamin C, along with a vitamin B12 supplement.
It’s important that you use the correct dose of vitamin B 12 because too little can be harmful, and too much can cause serious side effects.
If that’s not enough, the AEDA recommends taking 1,500 mcg daily of vitamin A to help prevent skin cancer.
Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, but it can also help prevent vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to skin cancer and skin ageing.
If vitamin A is deficient, there is a higher risk of a range of conditions including skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, which may be exacerbated by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Vitamin D is also important for good skin, and it can help protect against sun damage and protect against the effects of free radicals.
This can help reduce the amount of free radical damage that can occur.
To find out more about vitamin D, the Australian Academy of Dermology recommends you check your body’s vitamin D status and how much it needs to maintain your health.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help keep skin clear and protect you from damaging free radicals, as well as help your body convert excess skin pigmentation into collagen and elastin, which help strengthen skin.
It also helps protect against free radical-induced damage.
If taking vitamin A supplements, it is recommended to check your vitamin D levels regularly to make sure you’re getting enough.
If these levels are low, you might need to supplement with vitamin C supplements to help replenish your body.
In addition to vitamin C and vitamin D supplements, you also need to take a skin test called a skin prick test to check for potential skin infections, such as skin cancer, to check that you’re taking your medication in the right way.
If a skin infection is suspected, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to kill it.
This will also prevent infection, which could cause an allergic reaction.
If it’s a severe allergic reaction, your dermatologists may prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection.
For more information on skin care, visit the AIDA website.
What to do when you get a rash or itching?
If you’re experiencing a rash, or you suspect you might have an allergic response to a skin allergy medication, your skin care team may recommend you take a test.
This test can tell you if you’re at higher risk for developing an allergic condition, such a skin reaction or a skin cancer reaction.
You can also get a skin swab to help spot any allergic reaction to your skin.
The AEDP says this test is only a last resort, and only when you’re absolutely sure that you’ve got a skin sensitivity to the medication.
To get more information about the AER, the ASB and other dermatologists, visit www.allergy.gov.au.
To keep your allergies to skin and the environment under control, it pays to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, keep your body in good condition and follow the AASA advice.
There are also lots of other skin care and skin care products out there to help keep your complexion clear, and your skin happy.
For advice on how to keep yourself and your loved ones free of allergies, check out the Australian Association of Dermalogists and Cosmetologists website.