Beauty

Four awkward skin issues that are actually totally normal

DW, it's allll good.

By Anna Bradley

Guys, let’s be real — there are certain beauty issues that are tough to talk about because they’re a little, er, embarrassing or just downright awkward.

Unappealing odours (from your pits to your pants), unexpected hair growth (why are there whiskers on my chin?) and everything in between, sometimes things happen to our bodies that are uncomfortable and upsetting.

Eczema
Eczema is basically dry, red, itchy patches of skin that can appear anywhere on the body in mild to severe forms. It can only be treated with prescription creams however prevention is the key. The National Eczema Association recommends:

~ Moisturise after showering with a sensitive moisturiser. Beauty Heaven recommends Hope’s Relief Premium Eczema Cream.
~ Use a soap-free cleanser.
~ Pat skin dry, do not rub.
~ Keep your fingernails short so that when you scratch those itchy patches, you don't break the skin.

Underarm rash
Having underarm rash in the cooler months can be ~so irritating~, but when it comes to the warmer months it’s a completely different story. Suddenly the thought of throwing your arms up at a festival or high-fiving your mates is enough to induce nervous sweats (heh).

Underarm rash, aka contact dermatitis (science lel), is caused by a reaction to something that touches your skin in that area such as the fragrance in deodorant and body washes, or chemicals in the detergent used on your clothes. If you notice red, flaky or blotchy patches under your arms it’s probably time to replace these things with sensitive varieties. Beauty Heven recommends Redwin Aluminium Free Deodorant and Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Wash.

Cold sores
The most frustrating thing about cold sores is that nine times out of 10, once you feel the tingle the breakout is likely to occur. UGHHH!

Luckily, there are ways you can shorten the duration time of having a cold sore. A one-off tablet treatment called Famvir is very effective. The tablet is available over the counter from the chemist and if you take it within six hours of feeling the tingle, it’s likely your cold sore won’t become too inflamed.

There are also products designed to prevent cold sores from appearing such as ViraproX, which is a lip balm which targets the common causes of cold sores before they have a chance to pop up! #genius.

Styes
A stye is an infection of an eyelash follicle, which causes inflammation and a tender red lump on the eyelid. Let’s face it, it’s not a pretty sight and can also be really painful. Plez lashes...

Blackmores recommend taking echinacea and garlic to help support the immune system and fight infections. If a stye does appear, Blackmores recommend the following:

~ Use a hot compress to draw out pus (eh), fight infection and encourage healing.
~ Practise good hygiene — wash your hands frequently!
~ Don’t try to burst the stye yourself, this will happen naturally.

This article originally appeared on beautyheaven.com.au