This is the first article in this series is all about topicals. Topicals for better skin, what are they? Why should you be using them and, most importantly, use them properly!
What are Topicals?
Topicals are creams or ointments applied directly to the skin for localized treatment of a problem like eczema or psoriasis. They can also refer to transdermal patches containing medications gradually released through the skin into the bloodstream over time. This means that topical treatments have less risk of side effects than oral medications do when used correctly.
Why Should You Use Topicals?
Topical treatments can treat various skin conditions and provide relief for symptoms such as itching, pain, or inflammation. It’s also worth considering that topical treatments are safe enough to use on children younger than 12 months old. When applied correctly, topicals work by delivering medication directly to the affected area; without having any systemic side effects. This means they may be more effective when compared with oral medications. They are often less expensive too!
How To Apply Them Properly:
Use generously (don’t skimp) over sunburned areas you want to relieve from irritation; apply to dry skin before exposure to the sun (to protect from UV damage); apply sunscreen over the cream.
A good rule of thumb is to use them in as high a concentration as possible without irritating your skin.
Depending on how severe or localized your symptoms are, this may take some experimentation. It’s always worth discussing with your doctor first if you have any questions. If using an ointment like petroleum jelly, rub all over the area where there is discomfort; If using a spray-on medication, make sure to thouroughly cover the affected areas. Be careful not to get too close to the eyes, nose, and mouth. Never put anything near these more sensitive parts of our faces!
We will focus on the most common types of topicals- -corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, and topical antihistamines.
Corticosteroid creams are usually used for skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis that cause inflammation in the area they are applied to. If you have a cortisone cream at home, make sure it’s safe for children under 12 months old before using as some can be toxic if ingested by young children! Apply generously over areas with inflammation, but don’t rub too hard or use anywhere near your face (eye area) because it could irritate the eyes and mouth. It might take up to two weeks for these creams to work for your skin condition, but they are great at relieving symptoms like itching and inflammation.
The most common side effect of corticosteroids is thinning the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis, leading to increased sensitivity or infections if you’re not careful. For this reason, it’s essential that once you stop using these creams, your doctor will probably recommend continuing topical treatments with something less potent such as calcineurin inhibitors (see below).
Calcineurin Inhibitors: These topicals are usually used in more localized areas to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea. It’s important to stress that you should use these creams with caution and only after discussing the risks involved- -higher doses can lead to eye irritation, increased sensitivity, or even infections. Apply generously over areas with inflammation, but don’t rub too hard.
These topicals work by blocking histamine receptors (in cells) that release substances (histamines) involved with allergic reactions. This means you’ll have minor itching from allergies or rashes, for example, because these antihistamines block the histamine receptor response on skin cells, making it easier to stop an itch at its source! That’s why topical anti-histamines often come in spray form rather than cream form- -because sprays allow faster absorption into the skin.
The most common side effects of topical anti-histamines are dry skin and mild itching or burning at the site where they were applied.
Still, these can be easily managed by moisturizing generously after each application. -It’s important to mention that even if you experience some minor discomfort, it’s worth continuing treatment as those with severe allergies may not have any symptoms until their body is put under a lot of stress from an allergic reaction! As always, it’s good practice to discuss your concerns about this type of medication with your doctor before starting a course of treatment just in case there are specific risks for people who might have pre-existing conditions such as asthma or sinus problems.
In conclusion, there are many different types of topicals for various skin and hair conditions. It’s always essential to discuss treatments with your doctor before starting anything new, especially if you have pre-existing health problems or take other medications, so be sure to get in touch! If we all do our part, we can make the world more beautiful one person at a time!
So that wraps up this article on the best ways to use topical ointments, sprays, and creams like butter for better-looking skin, healthier hair, shinier nails, and happier moods ;). Now it’s your turn to spread knowledge about how these applications work by sharing this post with others who might benefit from the advice!