I, the writer behind these informative blog articles, do not have a degree in skincare, skin conditions or ingredient science. I will admit that my research, whilst extensively researched, scrutinised and rooted in scientific truth, is flawed in that regard.
But, if I don’t have a degree, what do I have that you should trust in me for? The answer to that is my great, deep-rooted, ever growing loathing for false truths, fear-mongering and untruthful claims masquerading as gospel. Well that, and my own experience struggling with irritated skin.
My journey into skincare started when I began to develop an angry, itchy rash lasting for up to an hour after showering. It wasn’t limited to just my hot showers either – no that would be too simple! Swim at the beach? Itchy. Go for a dip in a fresh water lake? Itchy. Have a nice relaxing spa? Itchy. I was beginning to think I was allergic to water!
What was I supposed to do? I mean, its only for so long that you can enlist your partner to itch that one, unreachable spot on your back every day, before you’ve got to take matters into your own hands – literally!
Ever since the sanctity of my daily showers were so rudely interrupted, I have been on the path to research all that I can about the most effective and skin-loving ingredients that could help to alleviate my symptoms.
I learnt that my itching was due to a sensitivity to water under the umbrella of aquagenic cutaneous disorders, for which there is no known treatment. However, I also learnt that my symptoms could be managed with some careful trial and error.
That is when I discovered goat milk soap. I found that when I swapped out my current oat based soap for the goat milk soap, I had a huge reduction in itchy outbreaks. There was something about the creamy, emollient soap that soothed and nourished my skin. It was in that same span of time, that I began writing content for the very family business that gave me a little bit of my sanity back.
Currently, there is no known treatment for the cause of my condition. I have been lucky enough to find relief in goat milk emollients through soap, but this will not always be the case for every person.
If those symptoms sound familiar to you, research the aquagenic cutaneous disorders: aquagenic uticaria, aquagenic pruritus and aquagenic acrokeratoderma. They are known in the medical community as rare diseases symptomatic of discomfort caused by coming into contact with water. As always, if you suspect you may have a condition similar to this, professional advice should be sought. Some antihistamines, emollients and analgesics may prevent or help to alleviate symptoms but will not eradicate the cause.
Have you experienced similar symptoms? What are you doing to manage it? Let me know in the comments down below!
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