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Updated May 07, 2018 @ 12:31 pm
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With spring in full bloom and pollen permeating the air, many of us may find ourselves reeling from the yearly symptoms of seasonal allergies: sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, etc. And, as if the nasal congestion and watery eyes weren't enough of a bummer, our complexions can also suffer from the effects of seasonal allergies. Has your skin been exhibiting sensitivity or dullness lately that's not a problem the rest of the year? There's a very good reason why.

According to skin care expert and Clarisonic co-founder Dr. Robb Akridge, ingredients in our skincare products may be responsible for these changes and cause unexpected reactions.

Certain beauty-product ingredients, such as essential oils, fruit extracts, and fragrances that may be harmless during non-allergy seasons could cause problems for our skin. Believe it or not, this could be due to constant exposure over time.

"You eat lavender ice cream, you have fresh lavender flowers in your house, you put lavender oil on your pillows to calm you, and you apply a lavender-scented moisturizer," Dr. Akridge told HelloGiggles. "As a result, with multiple means of exposure, your body becomes suspicious."

In addition to such "suspicion," it could also be the complexity of the ingredients that's causing skin irritation.

Swap your skincare products for gentle formulas and tools during allergy season to alleviate irritation. Dr. Akridge suggests using a gentle moisturizer with a formula that supports your skin type. Affordable options he recommends are trusted faves such as the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer

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As for whether seasonal allergies can cause breakouts, we have great news: they don't. Acne is typically not linked to seasonal allergies.

So, go forth with those soothing moisturizers, seasonal allergy warriors. You've got this.