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Skin rashes explained

Skin rashes are a part of living, damaged and repairing skin. Our skin is our first shield against the outside world. It protects us from many different irritants every day. But sometimes it gets “too much”: certain factors alter the skin barrier and cause inflammation.

Redness, swelling, patches, burning, tightness, itching... Skin rashes come in many forms and occur on different parts of the body, including the most intimate areas. It's important to identify the cause in order to treat the skin rash appropriately. Your skin needs you: give it a helping hand to help it soothe and repair itself...

How to tell the difference between a skin rash and an allergy

Redness on the face, patches on the arms, pimples between the fingers or at the corner of the eye... When the skin cries out for help, it’s natural to want to find an explanation. And sometimes the question comes up: is it an allergy or "just" an skin rash?

Skin rashes are generally much more common than true skin allergies. They look like quite a localised inflammation in the place of contact with an irritating factor.

Allergies, on the other hand, are an immunological reaction (to an allergen). On the skin, this shows up as obvious signs: red patches with small eczema blisters, severe itching, swelling and oozing, sometimes accompanied by intense itching.
If you’re experiencing allergic reactions, consult your doctor immediately. They can refer you to a dermatologist or allergist to carry out allergy testing and determine the component that's making your skin react.

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“The rash I was experiencing on my face had a huge impact on my mental health and confidence. Because of this, I also became very ‘irritable’! Since identifying the cause and adjusting my personal care accordingly, I don't even think about it anymore!”

Aurélie42 years

Contact irritation: the most common skin rash

Among the most common type of skin rash is contact irritation (irritant contact dermatitis"). This skin rash can occur when an item of clothing repeatedly rubs against the chin, when there’s friction between the skin of the thighs, sweating during sports, reacting to a poorly tolerated product (cream, detergent, etc.), as well as small everyday injuries... There are so many opportunities to come into contact with irritants! How can you soothe your irritated skin in a few simple steps? We’ll tell all!

Prevent and soothe your skin rash

SOS for baby's irritated bottom

Ouch... It’s hard for you to see your baby’s little bottom so red and sore. But there’s no need to panic. Nappy rash is a mild skin rash that usually subsides within a few days if you take the right steps.

 Everything you need to soothe your little one!

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Infectious skin rash: vigilance is key

Herpes, chickenpox, shingles, impetigo... Some skin rashes can be due to a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, as is often the case with genital infections. If this is your experience, make sure to consult a pharmacist or a doctor.

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What if it's a skin disease?

Patches, redness, itching... Do you have a recurring skin rash that’s starting to take up too much space in your life? It may be a chronic skin disease such as psoriasis or eczema. Fortunately, there are plenty of soothing solutions.

All our tips for treating psoriasis and eczema

FRIENDLY, EXPERT ADVICE

Take care of your skin by choosing products with optimal tolerance for sensitive skin (those with minimal ingredients) and avoiding external aggressors (like the cold, heat, wind and sun). Also be attentive to lifestyle factors: eliminate stress-causing factors like smoking, alcohol, certain foods and, of course... Stress.

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Tips for treating your skin rash

As you can see, there are many causes of skin rash. So, of course, the solutions vary... However, you can get rid of most types of skin rash with a few simple steps. Shall we calm down?

  • Allow the skin to rest by stopping your use of any suspect products.
  • Clean the skin with a product with a pH that matches that of the skin.

  • Apply a suitable skin care product that your skin can tolerate to help the skin repair itself.
  • Protect your skin from the sun with a very high SPF sun cream.

Everything you need to know to treat daily skin rash

Skin and COVID-19: let’s talk about it

Face masks, lifestyle changes, stress... Your skin is on the front line. This unprecedented situation can lead to a skin rash. Here are some tips to help you soothe and care for your skin.

How to take care of your skin during COVID-19

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OUR SOLUTIONS TO REPAIR YOUR SKIN

The must-have products to repair, soothe and purify sensitive and irritated skin for the whole family.
WE ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

We’re here to help you sort out fact from fiction.

Yes, stress can lead to rashes, especially in those who are susceptible. Stress affects our skin's immunity, making it more fragile and less able to renew itself. It can be a direct route to eczema, psoriasis, acne and other conditions. What’s the solution? Learn ways to manage stress and feel better in your skin.

Most everyday skin rashes are linked to contact with an irritating factor (friction, cold, wind, sun, reaction to a product, etc.). However, some rashes may be caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, and may require treatment with medication. If in doubt, consult a health professional.
Everything you need to know about the causes of skin rashes

Treating a skin rash depends on the cause, of course. But there are a few ways to soothe your inflamed skin: identify the irritating factor and eliminate it (this will be your “mission”!), use gentle, soap-free cleansers and apply a skin repair cream.
Everything you need to know to care for your skin rash

The treatment of anal skin rash depends on the cause. Good hygiene is of course essential: clean the area gently after each bowel movement with water or a mild product without soap, and dry thoroughly. You can also use soothing, healing creams. Consult a health specialist if symptoms persist or worsen.

It is strongly recommended to consult a doctor to determine the cause of the skin rash. Some intimate skin rashes are related to a bacterial, fungal or viral infection and require medical treatment. For certain types of inflammation, such as those of the vulva (vulvitis) or the glans (balanitis), you can also choose a treatment that combines copper and zinc for antibacterial and antifungal action.

In simple terms, nappy rash is a rash caused by your baby's buttocks becoming wet and acidic (from the use of nappies). To avoid this, it is therefore essential to change your child regularly. What if the rash occurs anyway? Soothe your baby with gentle, soothing, restorative creams.
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Karine, 42 years

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