The kind of suffering people with sensitive skin experience is more than just skin deep; they already have to bear with the discomfort of having sensitive skin, that is further inconvenienced by having to be mindful of staying away from what might aggravate the situation.
You see, people with sensitive skin tend to have an allergic reaction to a wide variety of skin care products, as well as several environmental irritants. This can often be further broken down into four different types of sensitive skin, namely contact dermatitis, rosacea, burning and acne.
Although what triggers the sensitivity and what kinds of symptoms show up differs from person to person, inflammation of the skin is a common factor.
While there is almost no way to completely remove irritants from one’s lifestyle, there are some general tips to prevent allergic reactions from occurring. Most of these are simply lifestyle changes which are easy enough to get used to.
Identify Your Triggers
Generally, keep your surrounding clean and dust-free as best you can. Avoid products that have artificial coloring or are alcohol based. Where possible, stick to those that are free from chemicals or preservatives.
Stay away from known food allergens as well, paying special attention to the ingredient list of any new foods you want to try.
Less Is More
Stick to just a simple, gentle cleanser, moisturizer, as well as sunscreen. All you need is to keep your face clean, and you won’t want unnecessary additional products irritating your skin. This can be best achieved using a chemical free liquid soap that’s gentle on your skin.
If you absolutely want to use an additional product, be sure to test it first, preferably on a separate patch of skin on the back of your arm. If there is no allergic reaction, then it’s fine. At the end of the day, keep your routine simple and manageable.
Go With The Flow
If where you live has seasonal climate changes, you may have to consider changing your skin care routines according to the seasons. Your skin may be oilier during the summer or drier in winter, so using the same products throughout may not be suitable.
Soothe, not scratch
Easier said than done, we absolutely have to resist the urge to scratch our skin when there is a flare up. Although scratching may relieve the itch temporarily, we risk worsening the condition because bacteria may be caught and spread through our nails, or our nails might even tear our skin through excessive scratching, resulting in new wounds and scars.
One of the best ways to relieve itches, or even relieve the discomfort of having sensitive skin, is to use a soothing agent such as aloe vera gel. Such soothing agents generally provides a cooling sensation to provide much needed relief of the otherwise inflamed skin.
At the end of the day, being mindful of your own habits and developing new routines to accommodate taking care of your sensitive skin is what it takes to lead as normal a life as possible. With proper management, flare ups will be brought to a minimum, and you won’t even remember you ever had sensitive skin.