Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sensitive Skin the Causes and Treatments

Sensitive skin reacts to the products, environment and stress with breakouts, itching, redness and inflammation as a result of an allergic reaction. Seeing a Dermatologist will help pinpoint what is causing the reaction to help mitigate the problem, but there are common things to avoid that you can rule out before seeing your doctor to help find an answer.

Products that Benefit Sensitive Skin

Products like fabric softner, detergent, shampoo and conditioner, cleaning products, perfumes, sprays, makeup and skin care products can make your skin irritated.  Find products for all aspects of your daily life that are dye free and fragrance free which is the main problem of product irritation.  For Skincare and makeup eliminate everything except for water ad then one by one ad your skincare and makeup back one week apart to find what is causing the problem.

Your skin care products should have ingredients that benefit your skin, not your other senses.  Many products ad fragrance and dyes to get the customer excited to buy it, but dermatologist grade products are free from fragrance and dyes for the sole purpose of only having beneficial ingredients to treat your skin optimally.

Sensitive Skin and the Environment

Sun exposure, dry or humid weather, seasonal plants blooming, wind or wet weather all play a factor to how your skin feels and reacts.  Sun burns are very damaging to the skin and cause premature aging, using Vitamin C Serums and Sunscreen help reduce the effects of sunburns.  Dry weather can cause skin to become scaly and itchy and require a moisturizer, while humid can make skin more oily and result in needing products to reduce excessive oil.  Seasonal weather can make skin itch and feel inflamed, a doctor can help prescribe medication that can help the body cope with the reaction to the environment. Wind Burn can cause a dry burning feeling where a moisturizer with soothing Vitamin E can help, while overexposure to water can cause the skin to crack and dry out.  Using a thick moisturizer with ingredients such as shea butter and beeswax to lock in moisture can help with over exposure to water.

Sensitive Skin Caused by Stress

Stress can make people get flush, break out in hives, itch and ad to abnormal sweating, chills and discomfort.  Reactions with the skin to stress should be consulted with your Dermatologist as they may be able to prescribe an oral medication to help mitigate the effects of stress.  Discovering ways to reduce stress like excessive, yoga, hypnosis and meditation can help to manage stressful situations.

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