Dermatitis and Self-Tan: Here’s What Not to Use to Avoid Flare-Ups

Dermatitis is a common skin condition that takes many forms.

While accurately diagnosing the condition should be left up to a qualified dermatologist, it’s not uncommon for beauty therapists to recognise signs when treating their clients.

According to The Australasian College of Dermatologists, “dermatitis is a general term to describe a group of common conditions presenting as itchy inflammation of the skin. The term eczema is often used interchangeably with dermatitis although theoretically eczema refers to atopic eczema.”

Dermatitis often appears in the form of dry, itchy and/or reddened areas on the skin. While eczema is not contagious, the condition is sometimes inherited.

Other external factors, such as stress, diet, allergies, medications, inflammation and heat can bring the condition on or make it worse for sufferers.

Some examples of dermatitis have been linked to the use of skin and personal care products containing allergens. 

Outside of our skincare and makeup regimes, a common cause for concern for dermatitis sufferers surrounds self-tan.

A number of ingredients commonly found in tanning products can bring on skin irritations such as dermatitis. 

Ingredients to avoid

Andrea Moss, CEO and Co-Founder at Australian skincare brand Liberty Belle Rx recommends users veer away from additives like parabens, mica, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, silicones and synthetic dyes such as red (FD&C Red 4), yellow (FD&C Yellow 5) and blue (FD&C Blue 1).

In response to her daughter Sophie’s persistent flare-ups, Liberty Belle Rx recently launched two Miracle Tan Face Moisturisers specifically suited to dermatitis sufferers. “The Liberty Belle Rx are not your ordinary self-tans,” Andrea said.

[left to right] Andrea Moss and her daughter, Sophie

“Both Miracle Tan formulations use naturally derived DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) instead of the synthetic version. Further, naturally derived Erythrulose is added to help increase the longevity of the tan.”

The solutions utilise natural and naturally-derived ingredients designed to support the skin barrier. Hyaluronic Acid, Hydration Saccharide, Panthenol, Zinc PCA, Resveratrol, and Vitamin E, to name a few.

Sophie suffered with dermatitis for two years before discovering her self-tan products were to blame.

“The Normal to Dry Skin formula includes rejuvenating actives such as Watermelon Seed Oil (boosts moisturisation), Squalane (supports skin barrier) and Acai Sterols (antioxidant rich).”

“The Normal to Oily Skin formula includes clarifying actives such as Papaya Extract (for gentle exfoliation), Prickly Pear Seed Oil (antioxidant rich and helps control excess sebum production), Grapeseed Oil (non-comedogenic and antioxidant rich), Tea Tree and Manuka Essential Oils (antibacterial properties),” Andrea notes.

Liberty Belle Rx Miracle Tan Face Moisturiser

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