Sensitive skin is still an intimidating problem in today’s world. If anything, the incidences of occurring sensitivity is on the rise. Redness, heat, itchiness, tightness and break-outs are not fun to live with and attempting to correct or ease the condition can be a frustrating place to be. In the past there has been an overwhelming tendency to lump up sensitive skin with dry skin, and although this is often the case, more often than not the sensitive skin is not dry but oily and/or acne-prone.But sensitive skin is more often than not- dehydrated. And dehydrated skin appears to be dry. Dehydrated skin is always sensitive, because it is lacking in natural moisture to keep it supple and it pulls, itches and reddens. Whereas in truly dry skin the problem is an absence of natural skin oils.
Many times dehydration is the cause of the sensitive skin problem. And it can happen with either oily or dry skin.This is really the first possibility to investigate. How does a skin become dehydrated? It can be caused from- products, diet, lack of water, over-cleansing and scrubbing, the outside elements, and a lack of natural moisture. A spa facial by a qualified aesthetician will help determine if dehydration is the culprit and whether your skin is oily or dry if you’re not sure. If you break out or have an acne problem but the surface of your skin is dry and pulling, you do not have dry, dehydrated skin that breaks out- you have oily, dehydrated skin that breaks out. Breaking-out and acne always occurs in a skin that is oily and out of balance- even though the surface may feel dry. Oftentimes using mild, hydrating high-quality products to address the dehydrated surface, will improve the condition.
There are many other factors that can produce sensitivity in the skin: Dehydration (as mentioned above), irritation, food allergies, product allergies, and acne can all play a part. Discovering and then removing the irritation will help. This is where you have to bring your detective skills into play. Keep a log of any products you’ve been using. Note any flare-ups. And if it doesn’t become obvious then eliminate all your facial products, especially those with glycolics, retinol, retin A or any peroxides, or mineral oils and just use a mild baby soap or natural soap for awhile. Then slowly introduce each product one by one to see where the problem lies. At the same time, eliminate foods and dairy that may be suspect, or at least, look for a reaction after eating them. In this way you should be able to pinpoint the irritant. Now, resolve to treat your skin only with products that will heal and hydrate.
Quality products for sensitive skin
There are many quality products that will help eliminate reactive redness, stop the itching, hydrate, and feed and nourish. Start at the drug store and look for mild, natural products. And unless you are sure your skin is dry and of the type that doesn’t break-out easily, only look at those products that are non-comedogenic or oil-free, have few additives and are fragrance-free. Ask if you they have samples, explaining about your sensitive skin. Also, ask if you can bring back the product if it causes a reaction.
Here are some trusted skincare brands that will help care for your sensitive skin:
Avene products for sensitive skin
Burts Bees for sensitive skin
La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution
SkinMedica TNS Moisture Treatment
Dermalogica Spa Brand Sensitive Skin Products
Dr. Weil’s For Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief
Keeping your skin happy and free from internal and external irritants and caring for it with excellent- hydrating and healing products will go a long way in improving sensitive skin.