Pollen, house dust or animal hair are increasingly making life difficult for more and more people. There are over 20,000 different known allergy triggers. In Germany, every third person is now affected – and the numbers continue to rise.

    Allergic reactions cause more than just itchy eyes and a runny nose; when the skin’s protective barrier is disrupted, pollen can also penetrate the skin and lead to itching and irritation. It is therefore very important to preserve the skin’s protective barrier and to restore stressed and irritated skin to good health. Only then can it fulfil its natural protective function including against allergens.


    According to a government study on the health of adults in Germany, every third German has already experienced an allergic reaction. Currently, around 20% of the population are undergoing treatment, with women more frequently affected than men, young people more than the elderly and urban dwellers more than the rural population..

    Neurodermatitis 3,5% of Germans
    Hay fever 14,8% of Germans
    Bronchial asthma 8,6% of Germans
    Contact allergies 8,1% of Germans
    Urticaria 3,5% of Germans
    Food allergy 4,7% of Germansn
    Insect venom allergy 2,8% of Germans




    Our largest organ, the skin, protects the body from harmful external influences, e.g. the penetration of allergens. Medipharma cosmetics has developed a protective care formula that cares for and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier. "Dermastabil Allergikerpflege" products are tailored to the specific needs of sensitive, irritated and allergy-prone skin. All products in the series contain the active substance Ectoin.



      Itching, redness and small blisters are typical symptoms of an allergic skin reaction. These reactions can be caused by many potential triggers. However, when you take a closer look at exactly what happens when the skin reacts with an allergy, these differences do not play a very important role. Whenever an allergen hits the skin, special nerves alert the immune system. The activated immune system then deploys a range of defences, which also act against spores, bacteria and foreign bodies. Initially, it ensures that the blood vessels widen and uses the increased blood flow to transport immune cells into the affected area. The skin becomes reddened. In addition, special messenger substances trigger nerves that report itching to our brain. The purpose of the itching is to remove bothersome substances or insects from the skin by scratching. Furthermore, scratching increases the blood flow. The blood transports immune cells into the tissues, especially certain white blood cells such as T-lymphocytes and granulocytes. Using a range of mechanisms, they destroy any substance the body perceives as threatening, and consequently skin cells may also be affected. At the same time, this leads to an increased accumulation of fluid, which allows the body to remove the hazardous substances – the skin swells and may feel hot to the touch. Small blisters form. If the immune cells have also attacked the connecting layer between the hypodermis and subcutaneous tissues, increasing amounts of the body's own fluid will flood the resulting cavity. In this case, instead of small blisters, some larger wheals will also form.

      Allergische Reaktion
      How to cope with allergies

      10 lifestyle tips for allergy sufferers

      Our expert: Dr. Dirk Landwehr, Dermatologist Dr. Dirk Landwehr has been working as a dermatologist for more than 20 years and, in his 4 practices, deals with the skin’s functions and the treatment of skin diseases on a daily basis.

      1. PROPER SKIN CARE – healthy skin acts as an effective barrier against bacteria and allergens.
      2. WASH BEFORE BED – by showering every evening and by washing your hair, you can stop allergens from giving you sleepless nights.
      3. CLEVER VENTILATION – to keep your exposure to mould and other indoor allergens or pollutants as low as possible, one top priority must be: to open the windows wide for ten minutes a day!
      4. NASAL RINSING – by flushing the nasal cavity with a lukewarm saline solution every evening using a nasal shower, individuals can at least partially free their respiratory tract from pollen and environmental toxins; this prevents breathing difficulties caused by a blocked nose and thus promotes restful sleep.
      5. VISIT THE SEASIDE – sea air contains fewer allergens but instead has a high moisture and salt content, which is beneficial for the skin and respiratory tract.
      6. VISITS THE DOCTOR IN TIME – you should definitely see an allergy specialist if symptoms such as an irritable cough, stuffy nose, burning and itchy skin or complaints such as fatigue and headaches become a regular occurrence.
      7. USE PARTICULATE FILTERS – "EPA" and "HEPA” filters (short for "(High-)Efficiency Particulate Air filter") are particulate filters that can remove almost all tiny particles from the air.
      8. LOCK OUT POLLEN – special pollen screens, which are mounted directly in front of windows and which resemble insect screens, are simple yet definitely helpful.
      9. BROWSE THE APP STORE – nowadays, there are a countless apps that help make life easier for those who suffer from neurodermatitis, hay fever and asthma.
      10. SEEK RELAXATION – the psyche plays a role in allergies, since stress hormones also influence the immune system and can therefore worsen allergy symptoms. Relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga are helpful here.
      Dermastabil against particulate matter

      Particulate matter consists of particles that are almost invisible to the human eye and that pollute the ambient air. They are produced primarily by combustion processes, for example in vehicles, furnaces and power plants. They can also occur naturally, for example as a result of volcanic eruptions and forest fires. However, the main source of particulate matter in urban areas is the traffic on the roads. There is now good scientific evidence that particulate matter must generally be considered a health risk. Beyond the inhalation of particulate matter via the respiratory tract, scientific interest has in recent years shifted to particulate matter exposure via the skin. According to more and more studies, particulate matter accelerates extrinsic skin ageing in particular. People who are more frequently exposed to, for example, high exhaust emission levels develop more age spots. Furthermore, a high level of particulate matter pollution can promote the formation of wrinkles.

      By applying Dermastabil to the skin, you prevent particulate matter from adhering to it, which results in a protective effect!