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Top Causes For Skin Irritation in El Paso

A woman lifting her leg up showing the state of her skin.Although we primarily deal with varicose veins, we’d like to talk about more surface-level issues related to your skin. As the body’s largest organ, our skin is the first line of defense against exterior threats. While our epidermis is a resilient defender of our internal organs, it isn’t infallible. 

There are several causes for several kinds of irritations. Did you know that many of these culprits of skin irritation can be found in your very home? Before reaching out to our professionals, consider trying to get rid of the following products in your home (or swap them out for more mild products), so you can ease your skin conditions. 


Sure, antibacterial soaps are the best when it comes to killing off germs and bad bacteria, but they can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. This is because of the common ingredient in most antibacterial soaps—triclosan. The chemical has undergone review from the FDA as it may be known to pose risk in childhood development and growth. 

Wipes or Washcloths

If you use flushable wipes or baby wipes, think twice. Labels may promise that these products are gentle on the skin, but on the contrary, they can irritate the skin. Most wipes contain alcohol and a number of fragrances that cause skin irritation. Other wipes may also be made with preservatives that can trigger allergic contact dermatitis in the form of a rash or hives.  

Certain Medications

Itchiness or mild skin irritation is often a common side effect in some medications, such as: 

  • Aspirin
  • Prescribed pain relievers (opioids) 
  • Medications for blood pressure 

Patients diagnosed with cancer may also experience itchiness or skin irritation as a side effect of treatments. You can ask your doctor for some tips on how to help reduce the itch while continuing treatments or medication. 


Sunscreen does offer valuable protection from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The only downside to it is that it can cause skin irritation, especially for those who have sensitive skin. To prevent irritation, it is recommended to look for sunscreen products that do not contain para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), as this ingredient could be causing irritation or itchiness.  

Laundry Detergents 

Several laundry detergents have led to skin irritation, the main issue being contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is a rash caused by touching something that irritates the skin. This skin condition is common in children who have eczema. To prevent contact dermatitis and other irritations, it is best to look for a mild detergent without added perfumes or dyes. 

Household Cleaners 

All too often, household cleaners are leading culprits when it comes to all kinds of irritation, including the skin. You can never be too safe about which products or cleaners are “nontoxic,” so you have to do your research and read labels. You want to avoid alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) and ammonia as they can irritate the lungs and skin and are poisonous if swallowed. 


Similar to household cleaners, pesticides actually contain several toxins. Even if you only apply pesticides on the exterior of your entryway, the toxins can be dragged into your home as pollutants build up and find their way in. If you use pesticides, make sure to clean all your surfaces and floors thoroughly with safe cleaning products. 

Get High-Quality Care for Your Skin With Our Professionals  

Stubborn skin irritations or rashes not only affect your well-being but can also damage your confidence and comfort in your own skin. You don’t have to put up with these issues any longer. When you choose EP Varicose Veins Laser Clinic, you can walk out feeling happier and healthier with your body! Give us a call at (915) 577-0121 to make an appointment today.