Dr Alexis Granite, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, spoke with Vogue about the impact of hay fever and allergies on the skin.
Hay fever affects around 13 million people in the UK and is one of the most common allergies, causing havoc through the summer months with symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itchy mouth, nose and throat, runny eyes and nose, loss of smell and much more.
“Allergies can impact your skin in a lot of ways, and hay fever, in particular, is really associated with constant sneezing, itching and weeping eyes,” says Dr Granite.
To reduce skin sensitivity, Dr Granite's advice is to use fragrance-free products and also to avoid buying new products throughout this period.
For instant relief from hay fever symptoms, Dr Granite recommends using a face mist to cool and rehydrate the skin, which can help remove pollen particles from the face, calming the skin and helping reduce itchiness.
With the nose being the epicentre of allergies it’s advised to use a balm around the nostrils ‘to create almost a physical barrier to trap the pollen”, says Dr Granite. Not only will it help reduce the amount of pollen that is breathed in but will also help soothe the nose which may have become cracked and sore from the constant wiping and blowing!
Dr Granite also advises using hydrating eye drops to help remove pollen from the eyes.