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What causes atopic dermatitis?

Even though genetic predisposition in your family may be a direct cause of atopic dermatitis, other factors may contribute to outbreaks, including emotional and environmental factors, such as irritants and allergens.

Stress is often attributed to the triggering of flare-ups, as it is attributed to a lot of other disorders.  One thing is for sure: stress is not good for you, so get your life in order and embrace harmony.  Your skin will be grateful for it. 

Some of the potential irritants that are known to cause atopic dermatitis outbreaks include:

  • Soap and detergents.
  • Cigarette smoke.
  • Certain clothing made of synthetic fibers or wool.
  • Certain chemicals such as chlorine.
  • Certain cosmetic products.
  • Dust and sand.

Some of the potential allergens that are known to cause atopic dermatitis outbreaks include:

  • Certain foods, such as wheat, eggs, fish and dairy products.
  • Pollen from certain flowers.
  • Dust mites.