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How Aloe Vera helped heal my skin after a severe case of hives

How Aloe Vera helped heal my skin after a severe case of hives

 

In this post, I explain what led me to get a severe outbreak of hives (out of the blue) and I share tipps on how I healed my skin, with Aloe Vera being a very important part of restoring my skin back to normal. 

Disclaimer: The information below is based on my personal experience and what I found to be useful for me. If you have any skin concerns or irritations I highly suggest that you see a dermatologist.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had sensitive skin. As a child, I would often complain of my skin being super itchy and I was always the one that got stung by insects of all kinds. As a result of this, scratching was a form of relief for me but also caused me to have numerous scars all over my body. 

October 25th 2018 – A particularly difficult day

This past October wasn’t a particularly good or happy month for me. I was under some stress, had received some bad news related to family member and career related things were really though for me. On October 25th, a piece of bad news which I really was not expecting hit me really hard emotionally and as a result my body erupted….almost literally. I remember coming home and as soon as I got changed, I noticed some weird red spots underneath my right arm. It was red and itchy. I dismissed it, as it’s common for my body to get itchy especially when the weather gets colder and we turn on the heating inside. 

Full blown hive Outbreak! 

The next day, the spots were gone…or so I thought. Around 4pm, my entire body started itching and feeling very hot. I undressed and was shocked to see that not only had the three spots under my arm returned but I now had numerous large, red, swollen, throwing, hot red itchy patches covering my complete body. This had never happened to me before and I started to freak out. My husband immediately tried to find out what could be happening to me by asking me about my symptoms and googling possible reasons for this massive hive outbreak. Then we tried to soothe the itching by applying toothpaste and oil to the area and waited to see what happened. It just got worse. 

A trip to the Emergency Room 

Finally two hours later I told him we had to go to the emergency room as I wanted to desperately rip my skin off! The first hospital we went to told us there was nothing they could do for us as they only specialized in surgery. So I had to hold it together for another hour as we headed to a different hospital, normally the drive would have taken max. 20 mins but since it was Friday evening the traffic was bumper to bumper. I remember taking many deep breaths and imaging stating under a cooling waterfall to keep me from scratching. Finally after arriving, I was quickly seen by the dermatologist on site and was diagnosed with „urticaria“ a.k.a. hives. 

What are hives?

Hives are either small red bumps or large red patches that are extremely itchy, hot and swollen that appear on isolated parts of your body such as areas where you might sweat heavily, or where two patches of skin come into contact with each other to cause friction. As in my case it can also break out on your entire body. 

Why do hives occur?

Hives can occur as a result of numerous things, such as: an allergic reaction to something you ate, something you touched, a plant, an insect bite, medication, fever, stress and on and on. I remember the dermatologist asking me what I might have done differently these past two days or if something significant might have occurred. I couldn’t think of anything. She told me not to worry and took her time explaining what was happening inside my body. It has to do with the histamine that is being released. For an additional explanation please refer to this video. 

November 13th 2018 – finally free

I’m happy to say that my hives are completely gone. Before I tell you what I did to help them to diminish, I want to tell you why this happened to me in the first place. 

Emotional Stress made me break out

Remember how I told you that I was under quite a bit of emotional stress? And how that last piece of bad news really got to me? Well, the hives started shortly after that and since I was still upset about the entire ordeal on the next day it just got worse and that’s how I broke out in full body hives. It was just all a little too much for me to handle. 

Now let me share some tipps and tricks with you so if this happens to you or anyone you love (I truly hope you NEVER have to experience this), you will know what to do. 

Tipp 1:

Try to find out what the source for the breakout could be coming from (ex: Stress, Food, Medication, Temperature change etc…). This is very important to know because it will help determine the best treatment for YOU. 

Tipp 2:

If you notice that your hives are not getting better and that the itching is intensifying seek medical attention immediately. Many hospitals have a dermatologist on site, so take advantage of that. A dermatologist is your best bet here.

Tipp 3:

Applying ice packs (wrapped in a towel) to the itchy areas to offer relief and help the swelling go down. Do this as often as needed. 

Tipp 4:

Aloe Vera leaves are very beneficial in helping cool the skin and soothe the itch due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The gel is able to penetrate deep into the skin and help speed up healing. For this reason it’s also often used for cuts and to treat sunburn. Simply take a large, thick leaf, carefully slice off the edges off and remove the gooey flesh. You can apply it directly to the skin or add some water and make it into a spreadable gel. This is very useful especially if you have the hives all over your body. You can watch me make it here (N.B. This video was made a few days before my hives disappeared completely. The hives I had left at the time of the video were on my stomach and back area).

Tipp 5: 

Wear baggy clothing so that you give your skin as much room to breathe as possible. You don’t want to be stuck in something constricting and that might be rubbing against you skin. 

Tipp 6:

Brew some camomile tea and let it cool down. Camomile tea is not only good to calm you from the inside out, it’s also great for helping with itchy skin.

Tipp 7:

Drink lots of water!!! Your body is in fight mode, so make sure to drink enough water to keep it properly hydrated. 

Tipp 8:

Try not to scratch! I know, I know, it’s easier said than done. But really, try not to do it. Here is a little trick I use when things get bad. I wear a pair of gloves to bed! *Shocker* It’s true, but it works! Try it.

Tipp 9:

Take a cool shower using nothing but cold water and avoid personal care products that are not 100 % natural, as this will only aggravate your skin. 

Tipp 10: 

Be patient, be consistent and stay positive that things WILL GET BETTER. 

I can’t tell you how long it will take for your hives to disappear as I am not a dermatologist and I don’t know your personal history. For me, since I have an autoimmune deficiency, I take longer than most people to recover from colds, allergic reactions and so forth. 

My dermatologist recommended I take a strong antihistamine and use a cortisol creme 0,5%. Again, the treatment will be different depending on your needs. What worked best for me was the combination of fresh Aloe Vera gel, Antihistamines, applying cooling packs, drinking lots of water and avoiding the need to scratch. The cortisol creme for some reason didn’t help at all. I would highly recommend giving fresh Aloe Vera a try. It’s really one of the best things you can do for your skin, and it’s all natural. 

I hope you found this information useful. If you have any tricks or have remedies of your own that could be useful on this topic, then please share them in the comments below.

Hugs,

Kat

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How I prep my skin for the cooler weather (Fall skincare routine)

 

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Disclaimer: All of the products mentioned were purchased in full by myself (except for the lancome eye cream which was a gift from my mom) and reflect my honest opinions.  Also, I am not a dermatologist. I write about skincare and beauty based on the research I have done myself and based on products that have worked for me. I always recommend that you do your own research prior and if in doubt consult a dermatologist. 

Katharina smiling and wearing a red, white and blue checkered scarf, sunglasses and a coat in a parc.

Fall is by far my favorite season! I just love seeing the trees change colors into rich browns, ambers and red. With this change of season already in full swing, it’s time to take a look at switching up our skincare routines. Why? Because just like we adapt to the weather by wearing a coat when it’s cold and windy we need to protect our skin as the weather changes. The summer has been good to us, at least here in Hamburg (which is rare!) and that means, that we’ve spent it slathering on heavy sunscreens in order to soak up the suns rays. Now that it’s cooler, windier and raining more frequently it’s time to transition our skincare routine. I did a similar post to this one last year in April called Get Ready for Spring Skin which you can read here.

Fall is the perfect season to focus on my melasma and also treat any sun damage that might have occurred over the past few months. If you want to learn more about Melasma & battle with this type of hyper pigmentation make sure to stay tuned for an upcoming post on this matter. 

Now, below is a list of all of the products that I am currently using in my Fall Skin Care Routine. You can find most of these at Cult Beauty or via Amazon. I realize that the order of using products can sometimes be confusing as everyone seems to have their own method. For me, I always like to begin my cleansing my face, then add a toner, eye cream, serum and then either moisturizer / night cream followed by SPF if it’s daytime. 

Skincare products and leaves layed out together.

Fall Skincare Products

Omorovicza- Cleansing Foam 

Gentle Hungarian thermal water cleanser that is very gentle and hydrating. It does a wonderful job cleansing the skin and getting rid of makeup without stripping it. 

Indie Lee – COQ 10 Toner

Alcohol free toner that gives your skin an immediate boost of hydration. It also helps protect against free radicals and neutralizes the ph of the skin. 

Lancome- Absolue Eye Premium Bx 

This eye cream is ultra moisturizing and helps firm the delicate underage area. 

The Ritual of Karma – Sun Protection face cream UVA + UVB SPF 30

A luxurious & non-greasy hydrating face cream with SPF 30 . It has organic White Tea, natural Vitamin E and Ginkgo Biloba to help moisturize the skin, keep it protected from the sun and fight free radicals.

Alpha H – Liquid Gold

Liquid treatment that contains Glycolic acid, silk protein and licorice. It helps the skin by getting rid of dead skin cells and penetrating deep into the skin to help improve the texture and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Sunday Riley – Luna Sleeping night oil 

Mild retinol oil that is blue in color but applies transparent. It contains retinol, blue tansy and other botanicals to help reverse sun damage, fine lines & wrinkles, help fight free-radicals and even out the skins complexion. 

Dermaroller 0,5mm 

A roller that is filled with numerous tiny needles which is used to help diminish acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage and improve the texture of the skin. 

Balea (DM) – Beauty Therapy Nachtcreme 

This luxurious night creme contains Juvenessence (which comes from a type of algae) that helps fight fine lines & wrinkles and make the skin more elastic. It also contains Duo-hyaluronic acid which helps maximize the amount of moisture the skin can receive and store. 

Katharina smiling in Hamburg Parc during fall season.

How I use these products in my routines

Morning Routine:

Cleanse skin using Omorovicza- Cleansing Foam 

Follow up by using Indie Lee – COQ 10 Toner

Apply my Absolue Eye Premium Bx from Lancome 

Finish off with my Rituals SPF 30 face cream

Night Routine:

Cleanse skin with Omorovicza- Cleansing Foam 

Follow up with Indie Lee – COQ 10 Toner

Apply my Absolue Eye Premium Bx from Lancome Eyecream

Apply Luna Riley Sleeping Oil (every other night) OR 

Apply Alpha AHA Glycolic Acid Toner (every other night when not using Luna Riley)

Finish up with Beauty Therapy Nachtcreme

* About every two weeks, I do one Dermarolling session at home (on the areas of my skin that need it) and apply a hyaluronic acid when done. 

Katharina sitting on a bench in a Parc in Hamburg on a sunny fall day.

Why I use these products in the Fall

As previously mentioned, with the temperatures dropping and the wind picking up it’s important to make sure your skin is properly hydrated and has an extra barrier to fight against the cool air. 

Boosting the moisture in my skin

For this reason, I like to use a heavier eye cream like the one from Lancome to protect the delicate skin underneath my eyes. To provide my skin with as much moisture as possible I like using the cleanser from Omorovicza, Indes Lee’s COQ10 Toner and a richer, creamier moisturizer.

How I’m treating my melasma

I then alternate between using the Alpha H Liquid Gold and the Luna Retinol making sure not to use them on the same night. The Alpha H helps to brighten the skin while getting rid of dead skin cells on a deeper level. It’s also great for smoothing the texture of the skin and giving you a nice healthy looking glow. The Luna Sleeping Oil is a mild Retinol that helps fight free radicals, minimize fine lines, enlarged pores, treat sun damage and even out skin tone. Both have helped me with my melasma and I’ve already seen a big improvement!

The importance of using SPF

Just because it is getting cooler, doesn’t mean we should ditch the sunscreen! It’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun even in the fall, especially if you are using any kind of Retinol, Vitamin C Serum or Glycolic Acid in your skin care routine. To keep things simple, I like to use a sunscreen with a moisturizer built right in, like my favorite one from Rituals. 

Dermarolling for collagen production

I use a derma roller on a bi-weekly basis to help speed up and encourage the cell turnover on areas of my face where I still have melasma. Basically, the needles on the roller puncture or fracture the skin which sends a signal to the body to repair itself by producing more collagen.

Last but not least, the final touch is a richer nightly moisturizer to replenish my skin from the cold weather outside. 

Katharina laughing in Parc during the fall season.

My Results so far… 

I’ve been implementing this new routine with these products for the past six weeks and I’m very happy with the results. I noticed the biggest difference in the overall texture of my skin, it’s less bumpy, my blackheads are disappearing (finally!) and the pores underneath my eyes have dramatically decreased. Also, my skin tone is definitely looking more radiant and the color is evening out nicely.

If you want to learn more about the other products mentioned here such as the Toner, Sunscreen, Eye cream and my night cream let me know in the comments below or directly on my Instagram Account. That way, I can work on providing you with an individual review. 

Let me know if you’ve enjoyed reading about my fall skincare routine and let me know how you like to prepare your skin for the change of season. 

Hugs,

Kat 

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If you’ve read my post on Spring Skin, then you know that I’m on a journey to find products that will help improve my overall skin tone, make it more even and stay moisturized. I’ve been hearing quite a bit about the powers of Vitamin C and how it can dramatically help improve the quality and appearance of one’s skin so after seeing numerous ads for Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Powder, I decided to give it a try for myself and report my findings with you all.

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My top Spring Skincare Tips

Spring has finally sprung! Not only does this mark the end of winter, it means getting ready for warmer weather and with that comes a new skincare regime.

For me, this means time to get rid of all that dry skin and dead skin cells and get my skin glowing again. Not only is exfoliation and hydration on my beauty list but so is getting a handle on my hyperpigmentation. If you are dealing with these issues too and you want some tips on how to help improve your skin then I suggest you try some of the things that are listed in this post as it might be beneficial to you. After doing quite a bit of reading on these subjects I’ve found some interesting information that will hopefully help.
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