If you have sensitive skin, you probably have a million questions about why you have such delicate skin and what to do to treat it. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you may have questions on why some people have it.
So what is sensitive skin? Dermatologists say sensitive skin is when someone has skin reactions, very dry skin and a tendency towards blushing and skin flushing. Someone will sensitive skin often has reactions from skin care or household products that cause stinging, burning, redness or tightness. But what causes someone to have sensitive skin? It could just be in their DNA but it could also be caused by skin disorders such as eczema or exposure to drying weather factors such as the sun, wind or excessive heat or cold.
So what do you do if you have sensitive skin? Do you need special cleansers, moisturizers, makeup and even laundry detergent? Depending on how severe your sensitive skin, you may need all sensitive skin care products to keep your skin in check. Avoid any cleansers with “fragrance”, antibacterial or deodorant ingredients, alcohol, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids. Look for products with few ingredients and ones that are made for your sensitive skin. They now sell whole skin care lines especially for those with sensitive skin, for example, the “Simple” skin care line. Just be careful when you see the word “hypoallergenic” because the FDA does not regulate the use of this term and it does not necessarily mean that the product won’t irritate your skin.
When trying new products, how can you test to see if they won’t cause a reaction on your skin? When you buy a new product, test it out by applying a small amount behind your ear and leave it on overnight. Try this for five days straight and if the skin does not become irritated, apply the product next to your eye. If you’re still fine, the product should be safe for you to use without worrying about it causing irritation.
As winter quickly approaches, those with sensitive skin may be worried about their skin getting worse from the dry air. To prevent all the joys that comes along with dry skin in the winter: flaking, itching and cracking, try some of these tips. Don’t overheat your home and don’t take hot showers and baths. Put on a heavy duty moisturizer on moist skin after you take a shower or bath.
Do you have sensitive skin? What do you do to combat the side effects of having sensitive skin? What cleansers and products do you use?