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In general, redheads have more sensitive skin than people of other hair colors. Redheads are prone to what doctors call “couperose skin.” It simply means redheads have thinner skin and are more prone to skin conditions caused by irritation or allergy. One common skin condition redheads may deal due to coupe rose skin is called: contact dermatitis. 

What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is when the skin is inflamed. It is usually due to something that irritates the skin or triggers an allergic reaction. The condition usually escalates into a red, itchy rash and can escalate to bumps, blisters, dry skin, swelling, and tenderness. 

This skin condition can affect anyone at any age.

Some skin conditions may be genetic, while lifestyle factors may cause others.

What causes contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis can be caused by different things for different people. Some of the most common day-to-day irritants are nickel (commonly found in razors), personal care products, medications, detergents, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry and plants. Using these items may cause your skin to inflame and this is defined as contact dermatitis.  

READ: 4 Signs You’re Allergic To Razors 

How is contact dermatitis different than eczema? 

Eczema is when the skin is dry, itchy and red. It is a very common skin condition and also called atopic dermatitis. Many doctors use the terms “atopic dermatitis” and “eczema” interchangeably but wouldn’t use the term “contact dermatitis” in place of “eczema.” Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. Eczema is inflamed skin that has other symptoms like itching, a flaky or scaly rash, and dry skin.

How do you treat contact dermatitis? 

The best way to treat contact dermatitis is to discontinue the use of the product or substance that is causing it, keep the area hydrated and clean, apply an anti-itch Cortizone cream (if needed) and wait for it to go away. Additionally, you can discuss treatment options with a doctor or dermatologist if it does not disappear within a couple of weeks. 

What can you do to avoid contact dermatitis? 

Contact dermatitis is not fun to deal with, so you want to prevent it at all costs. The best way to prevent contact dermatitis is to avoid products with heavy chemicals and fragrances, opt for products intended for sensitive skin, use nickel-free razors, and always spot test new products before using them. 

READ: 4 Best Razors for Redheads with Sensitive Skin 

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