How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Skin

Woman standing in field of flowers How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Skin

For most people, seasonal allergies mean sneezes, coughs, and runny noses. However, pesky allergens can also affect your skin. Including skincare in your allergy regimen, this spring can help you look and feel your best despite your allergies. Here are some of the most common ways that allergies can affect your skin, as well as remedies to find relief.

The Impact of Allergies on Your Skin

Rashes

If grasses and pollen send you sneezing, you might experience a skin rash as well. These particles in the air might lead to red, itchy rashes and hives when they make contact with your skin. It’s also common to experience contact dermatitis from certain plants during the spring and summer.

Managing the allergy is the first step in treating allergy rashes. Your doctor may recommend that you take a daily antihistamine to control your symptoms. And if an allergy rash does appear, you can soothe it with cold compresses, cool showers, and topical anti-itch creams. Your dermatologist can make recommendations for at-home care. Just be sure to avoid scratching your rash or hives, as this can cause infection.

Eczema Flare-Ups

Seasonal allergies can often trigger eczema flare-ups. This is because allergens like dust and pollen trigger an immune response, causing eczema symptoms to worsen. Talk to your dermatologist if you notice your eczema flaring up during allergy season. They can help you identify eczema triggers and create an eczema treatment plan that works for you. Avoiding allergy triggers and irritating skin products can help keep your eczema in check this time of year.

Puffy Eyes

Puffy and red eyes are a common seasonal allergy symptom, but is there anything you can do about it? Your dermatologist may recommend adding an eye cream to your skincare routine. These creams can help keep the under-eye area moisturized and free of puffiness, so you can avoid dark circles. Seasonal allergy treatment may also reduce puffiness in the eyes and face.

Irritation & Dryness

Irritation and dryness can often occur on the face during allergy season, especially if you have a runny nose. Constantly wiping your nose with a tissue can add to this irritation. However, some people will experience dryness on the face and body without a clear trigger during allergy season.

Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to soothe the skin. Incorporate a rich moisturizer into your routine to keep the skin smooth and hydrated. Turning down the temperature in the shower and running a humidifier at night may also be helpful. Make an appointment with your dermatologist if the dry skin doesn’t respond to at-home remedies.


Allergies can be tough on your skin, but you don’t need to let hives or eczema ruin the season. The team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists offers a number of medical dermatology services to address common skin issues, including rashes, hives, and eczema. With locations in Long Beach, CA, and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we offer medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology services to support your skin health and confidence. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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