If you have blotchy skin, and you’re tired of the way that it ruins your appearance, we have some really good news for you today. On the other hand, if you love wearing fragrances and you suffer from splotchy skin, we may have some really bad news that you’re going to have to learn to live with.
You see, there are many reasons why people suffer from skin blemishes of this type. As a matter of fact, we intend to share a long list of them with you today. Some of them are stress and environment related, while others have everything to do with the products that you use on your skin.
For some of you, you’ll instantly figure out the reason why you have discolored skin and you’ll be able to take the necessary steps in order to correct it. For others, you’ll have to test out each one of the suggestions that we make today, to see which one is causing your skin to look dappled.
Let’s do it.
Blotchy Skin: Causes and Treatments
As mentioned, there are numerous potential reasons why you may suffer from spotted skin. Look closely at the list of causes that we share with you today, and then see if there is a viable solution and test it out to see if it helps to clear up your skin issues.
Blotchy skin of a seasonal nature:
For some of us, skin blemishes are unavoidable at certain times of the year. When it is really hot and sunny, many of us will unfortunately break out in a heat rash, and this will lead to blemishes that we do not normally have when the weather is at a milder temperature.
When suffering from a heat rash, it typically has a negative effect and blotchy skin will appear on the neck, chest and face area. Obviously the only way to really control this type of skin blemish is to avoid sitting out in the sun for too long so that you do not suffer from a heat rash.
Another potential reason for mottled skin is spending too much time in high winds during the dry season. This combination is a recipe for blotchy skin, and as you know, dry weather and wind are the perfect formula to create chapping on the neck and cheeks. Avoid this combination whenever possible to prevent red and mottled skin tone.
Next, during the springtime many people also often suffer from this condition. It’s usually because of the allergens that are floating around in the air, and they unfortunately have the ability to irritate the skin. When seasonal allergies have an effect on the skin, they will typically cause it to swell, and the swelling will then turn into blotchiness and spottiness.
Typically, the ideal way to protect against the sun is to use sunscreen with UV blocking properties. In high winds, a moisturizer can provide wonderful protection. And as far as seasonal allergies are concerned, a histamine blocker is the perfect choice to stop skin blemishes dead in their tracks.
Mottled skin caused by stress:
Stress is one of those problems that we cannot avoid. And in certain instances, feeling stress is actually very good for us. But it is not always good for our skin or the way that it looks to the rest of the world.
When a person experiences a stressful situation, sometimes, but not always, they will begin to suffer from inflamed, itchy and red patches on their skin. And when stress rears its ugly head and causes these unwanted blemishes, they are typically most noticeable on the upper chest, neck and face.
At other times, when a person is dealing with a massive amount of stress, their body will cope by creating itchy, small hives. This creates even further inflammation, and unfortunately when hives appear on your body, they have a tendency to spread all over the place.
Typically, this type of blotchy skin often resolves itself on its own once the person’s stress levels begin to diminish. But if you cannot wait for your stress to go down – or it’s not going to go down at a convenient time – then you always have the option of treating it with lotions and histamine blocking moisturizers that have the ability to reduce the redness and swelling.
Dappled skin and environmental factors:
Once again, certain factors beyond a person’s control often play a role in blotchy skin. In this case we are talking about environmental factors and how they can have a negative effect on the skin and create blemishes.
A few examples of environmental factors having a negative effect on the skin include harsh detergents, itchy fabric, as well as certain dyes and perfumes. In every one of these cases, the environmental factor could very well be a cause for dry, red patches on the skin. This is especially true if a person typically suffers from sensitive skin. The more sensitive your skin, the more likely you are to experience skin blotchiness due to environmental influences.
Other potential environmental elements that play a role in the way our skin looks are pollutants and dust. They both have a tendency to irritate the skin, and usually these factors have an even more enhanced effect when indoors or in enclosed spaces.
Next, animal dander is also very often responsible for skin breakouts that lead to blotchiness. If you suffer from animal allergies, you very well know just how much of an effect they can have on your skin. Stay away from cats or dogs – or both if you are allergic to each of them – and avoid homes where pets live, because the dander gets caught in the rugs, furniture and all throughout the household. So, even if you make a serious effort to avoid the animal, you still may have an allergic reaction by entering their home.
Obviously, when environmental factors play a role in skin breakouts, you need to avoid the environmental stimulants as often as possible to protect your skin.
Hard to treat hormonal changes:
This one is tough to deal with for many women as they experience hormonal changes at certain times in their life. When you have fair skin, the blotchy skin patterns are a lot more noticeable than if you have a much darker complexion.
When women are menstruating, they are more likely to face this particular problem. Skin blotchiness is also very common during hormonal shifts due to taking birth control pills or when women are pregnant.
Genetics also potentially play a role in whether or not a person has blotchy skin. When genetic factors are a problem, it becomes a lot more difficult to treat, but there is help in the form of gentle moisturizers free from strong perfumes and dyes. They have the potential to minimize the redness while allowing the skin to retain its natural color.
Using certain fragranced products can lead to skin irritation:
When you moisturize with products that contain fragrances such as scented body lotions, they may unfortunately cause you a great deal of grief in the form of spotty skin. When products have fragrances, they also have the potential to create a harsh irritant that has a negative effect on the skin.
But there is the potential for it to get even worse. If you have a skin break out of this type due to fragranced products, the odds are strongly against you that you might also be suffering from eczema. If you see scaly, pink patches on the areas of the skin that had the fragranced products on them, then eczema could very well be the culprit.
The best way to put a stop to the blotchy patches is to use products that do not contain any fragrances whatsoever. Another excellent tip is to avoid certain products that have excessive amounts of dyes. Use dye free products instead, and immediately after getting out of the shower, you should apply a hydrating cream as a way to help to calm down the redness to return the skin back to its normal hue.
Could Drinking Red Wine be the Culprit?
Some people, after indulging in a glass of their favorite red wine, will unfortunately experience red and dappled skin. You may have wondered why you appear red in the face after enjoying your favorite alcoholic beverage.
What happens is quite simple and there is a very scientific reason for this problem. Red wine contains sulfites. These sulfites are used as a way to preserve wine so that it lasts. But sulfites also have the ability to open up small blood vessels in the face much more, and this will cause the blood to rush to the surface of the skin. And before you know it, there are red, blotchy marks on your face! And you have rosy red cheeks!
Red wine is not the only food/drink to cause mottled skin. Some citrus fruits, hot and spicy foods, and caffeine also have the potential for redness.
Before you go, please look over the list and see which one (or more) might be the reason why you have blotchy skin. And then take the necessary steps to correct the problem.