Caring for your skin in a comprehensive way can be incredibly tricky and difficult to maintain for long periods of time. However, if you have sensitive skin, this becomes even harder to do. Extra measures and precautions need to be taken by those who have sensitive skin, such as taking the time to check through skin product ingredients and contents before using products or making a purchase. For people with sensitive skin, the range of products available to use for skin maintenance and health may be more limited, especially if the stores stock mainly chemical or artificially based healthcare products. Choosing the correct products that don’t cause skin irritations can be the difference between blotchy skin and a smooth, spotless face. This article will look at the basics of sensitive skin and how it can be cared for in a healthy manner.
What are the symptoms of sensitive skin?
· Having sensitive skin in not directly a medical condition however it can be indicative of an underlying problem. A number of these include acne, food allergies, and eczema. Although people may acknowledge that their skin is sensitive, they may not link this to any other health or underlying condition. Dermatologists will be able to distinguish what the underlying causes of skin sensitivity are, your role is to notice these signs and seek advice when they have been detected.
· Common symptoms of sensitive skin may be irritation or rashes that are brought up through the use of cosmetic and healthcare products. The feelings associated with such a reaction may be redness, a tightening of the skin in that particular area of the body, dryness or a breakout of spots after activities such as shaving.
What are the causes of sensitive skin?
A range of factors can cause sensitive skin, and these factors will vary from person to person. Both women and men can suffer from sensitive skin and the feature can often be genetic, so if your family members have sensitive skin, you may be more likely to also have inherited that trait. The table below lists other possible causes of sensitive skin:
· Food – A common way that a food allergy makes itself known is through a skin reaction or rash. Foods that contain hot spices, high caffeine, high sugars or hot liquids are proven to induce food allergies or invoke skin sensitivity.
· Use of cosmetics – The use of cosmetics with a particular chemical irritant may result in the skin becoming blotchy and red. The skin could be allergic to this particular chemical and, therefore, reacts sensitively when it comes into contact with it.
· Environmental Factors – Another factor that may cause skin sensitivity is extreme weather. Heat rashes are commonly seen in those with fair skin who may not be sufficiently protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Stress and medication can also cause the skin to become more sensitive and react negatively.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, you should go for allergy testing and take a closer look at the products that you use on your skin. Solving the problem of sensitive skin may be as simple as avoiding the chemicals or substances that your skin reacts adversely towards.