Fabric conditioner allergies are uncomfortable and often painful, and it can be difficult to be able to find products that don’t contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that tend to flare up your skin’s allergic reactions.
We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you recognise when you may have a fabric conditioner allergy and how to treat it as well as the most common allergens found in fabric conditioners. We also advise you on the perfect laundry fabric softener that caters to people with sensitive skin.
What Causes a Fabric Conditioner Allergy?
In most cases, allergic reactions to fabric conditioners and laundry detergents occur because of the fragrances and chemicals used in the formulation. If a product is very fragranced for example, it can cause people with sensitive skin to have a reaction to it.
How Do I Know If I Have a Fabric Conditioner Allergy?
Can fabric softener irritate skin? Absolutely! And when you have a detergent or fabric softener allergy, you will know all about it. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a fabric conditioner allergy include:
Red, inflamed skin that can create blisters or vesicles
Watery eyes and runny nose (usually from an allergic reaction to the fragrances)
What Can I Do if I Have a Fabric Conditioner Allergy?
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If you strongly suspect that you have a fabric conditioner allergy, it’s best to stop using the fabric conditioner in your washing machine immediately. We recommend giving the product a break of between 2 – 3 weeks to fully allow your skin to heal and for the allergic reaction to subside.
Once your skin reaction has calmed down, you might want to try reintroducing the product again to make sure it was the cause. However, many people don’t want to have to relieve an allergic reaction all over again, and so rather opt to try a fabric conditioner that has been specifically formulated to be gentle for sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
If you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction, it’s best to get medical attention immediately and either go to your nearest GP or hospital.
What Fabric Conditioner Can Be Used for People With Allergies?
Wondering what the best fabric conditioner for gentle to sensitive skin is? Comfort Pure is a fabric conditioner that is gentle enough for people with allergy-prone skins as well as young children and babies. Comfort Pure has been dermatologically tested and is safe for sensitive skin.
Once your allergic reaction has subsided and you are ready to try to use a more sensitive fabric conditioner, give Comfort Pure a try. We think you (and your skin) will be pleasantly surprised.
Frequently Asked Question on Fabric Conditioner Allergies
Can Fabric Softeners Cause Allergic Reactions?
Some fabric softeners that are highly fragranced can cause allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin or allergy-prone skin. Comfort fabric conditioner is a super gentle fabric softener that has been formulated to be as gentle as possible on sensitive skin.
How do You Tell if You are Allergic to Your Conditioner?
Read our blog above for signs to look out for to know when you are having an allergic reaction to the fabric conditioner or laundry detergent. If you are short of breath or are wheezing, it’s best to get medical attention right away.
Can Fabric Conditioner Cause a Rash?
If you have an allergic reaction to a fabric conditioner you could develop a rash with red, inflamed skin.
How do Fabric Softeners Cause Allergic Reactions?
Most allergic reactions to fabric softeners are caused as a result of the skin or body’s sensitivity to the fragrances and chemicals used in the product.