Whether the skin is reacting to outside factors such as plants, or erupting due to conditions inside the body, it is important to know that all skin irritations can be calmed and cured. Some common skin irritations are dandruff, eczema, contact dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, psoriasis, hives, heat rash, folliculitis and shingles. It is important to note that these conditions all have different root causes. There are irritations caused by contact with a substance, or contact dermatitis, there are irritations caused by bacterial infections such as folliculitis or impetigo, and there are viral irritations caused by viruses such as herpes or shingles.


Skin irritations are a sign that our bodies are working, telling us that something is amiss. There are dozens of treatments for various kinds of skin irritations. Over-the-counter products are available to soothe symptoms and heal contact dermatitis and bacterial irritations, but viral irritations need to be resolved with medications prescribed by your dermatologist.

For contact dermatitis, 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical steroid can help alleviate irritation. This is an ultra-mild treatment option that is safe for use anywhere on the body— even the face. Some treatments that don’t require a prescription are: anti-itch creams like Cortisol, oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, ER gel’s healing ointment, PCA Skin’s Anti-Redness serum, or a topical antifungal for fungal rashes. For viral irritations such as shingles, medications such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir will work to cure outbreaks. Symptoms can also be treated with topical antibiotics.


The skin is a magnificent organ and when it’s healthy, it glows. Everyone experiences some form of skin irritations in their lifetime. For irritations that don’t go away quickly there are a number of natural and over-the-counter remedies. For persistent irritations, please contact us.


If you are experiencing skin irritation and are seeking a skin soothing product, oral medication, topical steroid, anti-fungal cream or laser treatment, The Kwan Dermatology team can help soothe your skin, returning it to its natural state.

SKIN IRRITATION DIY TIP: Neem, also referred to as Indian Lilac, has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-irritant, anti–fungal, and antibacterial properties. It is highly effective in soothing skin irritations like eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Neem leaves can be simmered for 15-20 minutes and strained to create a soothing tonic. Neem extract can also be found in soaps, creams, or lotions.


Skin irritations are a signal from our bodies that there is something wrong. Because the skin is the body’s largest organ, the varieties of skin irritations are many — as are the treatments. There are plenty of home remedies available to help soothe inflamed skin, such as natural tea tonics, cold compresses, and oatmeal baths. Bacterial or viral skin conditions won’t respond to these treatments. Bacterial skin irritations require anti-bacterial ointments or anti-fungal creams in order to heal. Viral skin irritations require prescription antibiotics or topical antibiotics to heal. If you are suffering from skin irritation and want to find out how to heal it, please contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation with one of our skin specialists.