Are you struggling with sensitive or sensitized skin? First, you need to know the difference between them and what are the causes that make your skin suffer. How to treat sensitive skin? Well, there is no treatment for a skin type, however, it can be tackled and kept under control by hydrating and protecting your skin’s barrier.
First of all, sensitive skin can feel and look different for everyone. Around half of the population describes their skin as sensitive. Some of them experience flare-ups in stressful times or when weather changes, but others, said they always had sensitive skin.
Here’s your answer, if you always felt like your skin is sensitive, always red, sometimes irritated, that is your skin type. If you never experienced it before, it means that something triggered your skin to flare up. Do you wanna know why?
Sensitive Skin (usually hereditary)
- occurs as a result of dilatation or even breakage of capillary vessels (telangiectasia);
- permanent redness across your neck, cheeks, nose aaaand all over;
- it can also flare up from internal and external factors;
- rosacea, psoriasis, eczema can be triggered by internal factors such as massive stress or medication;
- you can also have oily or dry skin with sensitivity.
Sensitized Skin (temporary)
- can be triggered during life, and become a chronic skin condition;
- impaired skin barrier leads to sensitized skin;
- impaired skin barrier include dehydration, unhealthy microbiome, irritation, spots;
- wrong skincare products, extreme weather, unhealthy diet, and lifestyle can trigger sensitized skin.
Sensitive skin is in general intolerant of topical preparations but also, other external factors can make it worse. For example, eating spicy, extreme weather conditions, alcohol and smoking, taking hot showers, too much friction or abrasive exfoliants, basically anything that accelerates your blood flow.
Because inflammation is part of it, sensitive skin can only use cooling, hydrating, gentle products that strengthen the skin’s barrier. Tolerance of skin could also have an invisible reaction but in time the damages will become visible.
Remember! Inflammation works alongside your immune system. And if your skin is inflamed, you must keep it under control, because it can become chronic and probably your inflammation is in your whole body. Stress triggers inflammation!
Advice for sensitive skins
I have sensitive skin on my body but not on my face. And I inherited it from my mom. It’s not fun, my skin is always dry, sometimes itchy, I have spots on my shoulders and my back (I struggled with back acne in my teenage years, but I never got completely rid of it, meh). Anyway, I still can’t imagine how it’s like to feel your skin in complete discomfort almost 24/7.
The first thing you should do is to reinforce your skin’s barrier. Your epidermal barrier is what protects your skin from external threats including dust, debris, dirt, bad bacteria, and also doesn’t allow the water to evaporate (thus dehydration). This epidermal barrier that is also called the hydrolipidic barrier is made of dead cells, proteins, lipids, and water. Just think about it as a shield.
Second, I know it’s easy for me to say, but, take it easy! Reduce stress! Therefore, less stress means less inflammation in your body.
Third, skincare baby! Add in your skincare regimen ingredients like oats (Avena Sativa), chamomile, ginger root, rooibos, allantoin, aloe vera leaf, arnica, licorice, lavender, red hogweed, jojoba oil, avocado oil, evening primrose, shea butter, Ginko Biloba extract, vitamin C, E, F, coltsfoot, yarrow.
During your life, your skin changes, and the more we age, we loose colagen and elasticity, cells regenerate slower and as well the healing process decrease. As a result, skin becomes thin, dry and sensitized. Dryness and sensitivy work together when we age.
How to repair sensitized skin?
Rather than a result of genetics, sensitized skin is a reflection of your environment, lifestyle, and
physiology. Pollution, stress, hormonal fluctuations, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, medical
procedures, antibiotics, tretinoins, skin conditions, and even over-processed or exfoliated skin can all lead to sensitization. Cosmetic ingredients including alcohol, lanolin, fragrance, colorants can also lead to sensitized
skin due to possible allergies.
However, you will notice discomfort such as stinging, redness, dryness, roughness, irritation, flakiness, visible capillaries (telangiectasia), fine lines, flushing. Make sure you start doing something about it.
Can my sensitized skin become chronic?
Yep, if you ignore your poor skin, definitely that can happen at some point. Just pay attention to yourself, your life! Are you and your skin facing external and internal stressors every day? Are you using some products that you feel they don’t do anything for you? Do you feel dry and dehydrated all the time? These are good signs to change something.
What if I have acne or very oily skin but also sensitive?
If your skin is very fussy, irritated and you have an impaired skin barrier but it’s also very oily or with acne – you will always calm down, hydrate the skin, treat the irritation first, no matter what other skin concerns you have. Second, you go for the other concern. The good news is that there are some really cool skin products for sensitive skins that also tackles oiliness, ageing, hyperpigmentation or acne. I cannot wait to share them with you!
Apply the less rule. Less friction, less touching your skin, fewer products used, less face massage, less everything that can irritate your skin. Avoid extremely abrasive exfoliants, soaps but as well strong acids. You can still use super gentle exfoliants and gentle acids like lactic or azelaic. Hydrate and nourish your skin by using the ingredients to strengthen your hydrolipidic barrier. Use cooling and hydrating face masks, protect with at least 30 SPF, and do things that keep you happy and relaxed.
You don’t know if you have either sensitive or sensitized skin? Are you too busy to look deeper into what could cause your sensitized skin and how to treat it? I would really love to have a look at it and help you achieve your healthiest skin.
I can be your skin mentor!
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