Not all skincare products can be used by everyone. What works and feels good on your friend’s skin may develop into inflamed, itchy welts when you use it on yours.
What is Sensitive Skin?
Most people will consider their skin to be sensitive if they use a product which causes stinging. Other symptoms may be a burning sensation, tightness, or redness. Some products may also create a general feeling of discomfort on the skin with no other symptoms.
Dermatologists consider the following symptoms show you have sensitive skin:
· Pustules, skin erosion, and bumps
· Dry skin which provides little protection to nerve endings
· Skin flushing
The best way to know if you have sensitive skin is to have it examined by a dermatologist. Quite often, what you think may be causing the symptoms may be something else.
What to Avoid
If you know you have sensitive skin, you should avoid certain products. Some skin care procedures can irritate sensitive skin.
Ingredients – Major Ones to Avoid
There are compounds in many skincare products which can dry it out or strip it of natural oils.
Astringents, strong alcohol, and benzyl peroxides all strip water out of the skin and can increase its sensitivity.
Check for AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) in the ingredients list. These compounds can also pull moisture out of the skin.
Don’t use skincare products which have synthetic fragrances added to them. These chemicals can react with sensitive skin and cause inflammation. They may also weaken the outer layers of skin.
A lot of skincare products use sulfates to create a lather, and you will find them in many different products. They can be challenging to avoid, but if you do, you may notice an improvement in the health of your skin.
Procedures to Avoid
Don’t use cold or hot water during your skincare regime. When choosing sunscreen don’t go for brands which contain a lot of chemicals. Many dermatologists recommend a good quality zinc-oxide base as they are anti-inflammatory.
Harsh scrubs use rough particles to strip away dead skin cells. Unfortunately, they can also create tiny tears in the skin.
What Soothes Sensitive Skin?
Dermatologists recommend that people with sensitive skin don't use any products. If necessary, you can use a mild, alcohol-free toner. You can also apply cream-based moisturizers after showering to lock in moisture.
Products which add moisture will help soothe sensitive skin. Almond oil is used for its fatty acids because they help restore moisture. The oil is also like the sebum (natural oil) in our skin and does not contain any artificial ingredients.
Shea butter is another hydrating compound which can work well on dry skin. When used as a cream, shea butter helps to seal in moisture.
Aloe vera is another natural product well-known for its soothing properties. Many use aloe vera for sunburn, but it can also help keep the skin hydrated. You can grow aloe vera plants at home and break off stems to use as needed.
Sensitive skin is most often caused by dryness and chemicals which do damage. The above information should help you avoid products which dry your skin out, so your skin will always look and feel great.