Skin Allergies

Jan 11 - Skin Allergies

By Amber Saleem

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an abnormal response to a food, drug or something in our environment, which usually does not cause symptoms in most people.

The most common parts of the body, which can be affected by skin allergies, are the skin, nose, eyes, chest, intestines or ears.

A skin allergy has such symptoms as rash, itches, swelling, redness, pain, blister and scaling skin. The symptoms caused by allergy appear on skin suddenly or sometimes within half an hour. Some of the main causes of skin allergies include: certain foods, change in temperature, dust and smoke, jewellery, metals, chemical cosmetics, fragrance, insect bite and stings and certain fabrics.

Treatment of Skin Allergies

Try these home remedies for treating your skin allergies.

  • Apply a paste of sandalwood and lime juice on the affected areas; it will relieve you from itches.
  • Coconut oil is considered good in treating skin allergies; mix it with lime juice and apply on skin.
  • Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one glass of water and drink this to soothe the skin.


  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply on rashes and leave until completely dry. Baking soda dries the infection and takes the rashes away in a few days.
  • Mix equal quantity of mint leaves juice, lemon juice and honey. Drink thrice a day.
  • Wash and soak 2-3 dried figs in a glass of water overnight and take it as a morning drink. Similarly, before going to bed, have figs that have been put for soaking in the morning.
  • Aloe Vera is another very useful and favourite herb of the Prophet (sa). Apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas of the body. Aloe Vera gel contains all the natural ingredients needed for battling skin allergies.
  • Turmeric is a natural antibacterial agent that has been used for centuries. Combine turmeric with Aloe Vera or water in a paste, apply to the affected areas for at least 30 minutes, then rinse off with water. Turmeric will soothe rash and itching.

Preventing Allergies

  • Use fragrance-free personal hygiene products (shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc.).
  • If your skin is dry, use a good moisturizer. Dry skin tends to get skin allergies more often.
  • Read packed food labels carefully. Try to avoid certain foods, which are known to cause allergic reactions.
  • Change your bed linens and clothing to cotton/ natural materials.
  • Be careful in your choice of cosmetics, because some of them can contain chemicals that are harmful for sensitive skin.
  • Opt for floorings minus carpets or rugs as they harbour allergy.

Spot-Free Action Plan

Oct 10 - Spot-free action planBy Amber Saleem

Everyone knows what a pimple looks like, but not quite so many people know what causes one. A pimple is formed when the natural oils (sebum) produced by your skin become trapped inside a pore. This causes swelling and you get a pimple. If the pimple then becomes infected, the surrounding skin will also turn red and pus may develop. Hormonal activity and stress are the main culprits, causing pimples to develop.

Very few people go spotlessly through their teens and early twenties. When acne becomes irritated, it leaves signs on the skin called acne scars. There are several steps you can take, if you are afflicted with these pimples.

  • Lemon or lime juice is rich in citric acid and can exfoliate your skin to prevent acne spots. Take lemon juice, glycerin, and almond oil in equal quantity. Mix and preserve it in a bottle, and apply on the face at night. It is an excellent lotion to remove pimples and blackheads from your face.
  • If you already have acne, apply a small amount of toothpaste on your pimple before going to bed. Use toothpaste that contains mint, as mint will get rid of the swelling and dry up the pimple.
  • Another remedy is to take one tablespoon of honey and combine it with one tablespoon of yogurt. Apply on the skin for treating pimples.
  • Mix baking soda with water in such amounts that would be sufficient for your face. Gently massage the paste on your face for ten to fifteen seconds, then wash it with water. Baking soda is a very effective scrub for your face to remove acne as well as scars. Repeat this once a week.


  • Use a gentle cleanser or mild soap on your face in the mornings and evenings. Use a medicated soap on the spotty areas of your body.
  • Eat a balanced diet, containing a sufficient amount of essential vitamins and minerals – vitamins A and B are particularly good for skin.


  • Squeeze, pick or touch your pimples – you could cause infection, developing a single blemish into a nasty crop of pustules.
  • Use heavy moisturizers and foundations – light powder or cream is the best make-up choice.

Caring for Elbows and Knees

Vol 6 - Issue 4 Caring for elbows and knees

The skin on the elbows and knees has fewer oil glands. This leads to building up of dead cells, which make these places dark and dry, especially during winters. Hence, knees and elbows should be looked after daily. Following are some fruitful tips for easy and regular care:

  1. Add sugar or salt to a shower gel for making a nice scrub to use on your knees and elbows daily.
  2. Moisturize your elbows and knees with coconut or olive oil.
  3. Prepare a paste of chickpea flour and lime juice. Apply it on your knees and elbows. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with water.
  4. Grind mint leaves and mix into it a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this paste to your elbows and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then, wash off with water.
  5. Rub your knees and elbows with a slice of lemon during a shower.
  6. Make a paste of a tablespoon of each: honey, milk, yoghurt and ground sesame seeds. Apply the paste to the affected areas before taking shower.
  7. Prepare a scrub with sandalwood and almond powders mixed with almond oil or milk. Massage it gently into the dark and affected areas. Wash it off with water after 10 minutes.

Beauty and well-being

By Noorjehan Arif

Home Improvement

Though it’s a truly thankless task, cleaning behind your fridge will keep it running longer and more efficiently.

An almost fool-proof tip for removing pen (ink) marks from clothing or carpet is hairspray. Just spray on, leave for a few seconds and wipe with damp cloth.

Home Remedies


Don’t lie flat on your back. Heartburn is caused by the acid in your stomach moving upward to your esophagus. So if you are flat on a bed, it is a little more difficult for the acid to go down.

Coffee and chocolate can inflame heartburn – so avoid them, if you can.

Bladder stones

Boil 2 figs in 1 cup of water. Drink daily for a month.

Personal Grooming

Facial cleanser: Mix 2 tbsp cornflour, 2 tbsp glycerin, and ½ cup water until smooth. Heat in a small pan placed in a water bath inside another pan. Heat until thick and clear; it will have the consistency of pudding. Do not boil. Cool completely. Use in place of soap to cleanse your skin. (If mixture is too thick, you may thin it by adding a little water – 1 tbsp at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.)

Yellow teeth: Mix salt with finely powdered rind of lime. Use this as teeth powder frequently.