Sensitive skin


A sensitive skin is a thin-textured skin that reacts quickly to heat and cold, sunburns and windburns. It is usually dry, delicate and prone to allergic reactions. Cosmetics, temperature changes, use of detergents and alcohol can cause irritation, leaving red blotches on the skin with visible surface veins.

Causes:

  • Any stressful situation may cause an outbreak of eczema in some people with sensitive skin.
  • If sensitive skin is exposed to common allergens or irritants such as nickel, chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides, fragrances and preservatives in beauty products, among others.
  • If a person with sensitive skin is exposed to dry winter weather or over-exposure to the sun, it can lead to a loss of skin moisture, thereby drying the skin and more prone to reactions to certain substances.
  • The appearance of a new house pet or a shedding animal can cause a problem to people with sensitive skin.
  • If you have changed your brand of soap or shampoo, a new ingredient can cause a rash.
  • Foods such as eggs, shell-fish, strawberries, nuts, nut oils and milk products can react with you.
  • New woollens can also irritate the skin.
  • If you inhale pollen from grass and trees, it can result in asthma and skin rash.
Different signs and symptoms:
  • The person feels a tingling and tightening of skin and a certain discomfort of the skin without visible signs.
  • The person overreacts to external factors such as shaving, stress and aesthetic procedures
  • The skin dries and leaves behind a lot of redness
  • Care for sensitive skin:
    • Use sun-screen lotions or creams.
    • Use only those products that do not contain potential allergens such as fragrance or PABA sunscreens.
    • Use mild baby soap on your face, rinse thoroughly and pat the skin dry with a soft towel.
    • Never try on any makeup or perfume without testing it out in the inside of your wrist to check for a reaction, since very few items of make-up can be used on sensitive skin.
    • Apply home-made moisturizing cream on your face at bedtime.
    • Avoid using exfoliants.
    • For the oily areas, use an astringent, but discontinue if redness occurs.
    • When buying make-up such as foundation and blusher, buy only oil-free products. Alternatively, you can buy water-based and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) make-up products.
    • If your skin reacts to something new, wait until it returns to normal. It is important that you first restore your skin's ability to retain moisture that it needs to remain healthy, soft and smooth.
    • Also, stay away from harsh kitchen sink products such as washing liquid or bar soaps since this might react with your sensitive skin.
    You might have sensitive skin that reacts to a few products or situations, but it is essential not to let this get under your skin. Rise above these small problems and take precautionary measures to stay away from reactions to your skin.

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