Understanding the key characteristics of sensitive skin and being able to differentiate between skin sensitivities and other issues is fundamental to creating an effective treatment plan to rebuild and strengthen the skin.
To a certain extent, all skin has a degree of sensitivity. This is because skin is a reactive mechanism that responds to various elements and disturbances inside and out. However, it is the level of reaction that will help you pinpoint whether a skin is truly sensitive or not.
To start, sensitive skin tends to be thinner and more prone to fragile capillaries. It also easily reddens or develops a rash in response to an outside influence. Keep in mind, all skin reacts to external factors such as pollution, sun, wind and smoking. However, sensitive skin will overreact to these elements. In my experience, most sensitive skin is typically reacting to inferior ingredients or formulations in topicals, such as those containing dyes, preservatives or perfumes.
Reactions in sensitive skin will often show up as a flushing of the skin, redness or rash. It is not a chronic or progressive issue like rosacea. Rather, it is a reaction that typically subsides once the offending element has been eliminated and inflammation has subsided.
To get to the root of the issue see a Dermatologist to get an in depth skin evaluation. The goal is to eliminate the possibility of rosacea, then determine what could be causing the reaction.
When it comes to rebuilding and strengthening compromised skin, there is not a one-size-fits-all remedy. It will require a personalized approach to fit the exact needs of the skin. A combination of professional treatments and at home products will work well to restore the health and vitality of reactive and compromised skin. The good news with sensitive skin is it can be strengthened over time and restored to a "normal" skin type.
Tips for Treating Sensitive Skin
- Monty sensitive skin facials
- Before using a new skincare product do a patch test on your lower jaw area
- Avoid substances that cause reactions, i.e. hair dyes
- Look for products with the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance
- Consult a dermatologist for topical medication
- Read product labels and seek out hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance- and alcohol-free claims
- Pay attention to the manufacturing environment. Are products manufactured in a sterile environment?
- Avoid skincare with these ingredients: parabens, oxybenzone & triclosan