Frequently Asked Question
What is sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is a skin type prone to irritation, redness, and reactions when exposed to specific triggers or products. It is characterized by stinging, burning, itching, or tightness. Individuals with sensitive skin often have a lower tolerance for environmental factors, skincare ingredients, and external irritants.
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin can have various causes, including genetic predisposition, a compromised skin barrier, allergies, certain skin conditions (like rosacea or eczema), exposure to harsh environmental factors (such as extreme temperatures or pollution), and using skincare products that contain irritating ingredients.
How to take care of sensitive skin?
Caring for sensitive skin involves using gentle, fragrance-free skincare products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Avoiding harsh ingredients, such as alcohol, fragrances, sulfates, and dyes, is important. It’s also crucial to protect the skin from sun exposure, moisturize regularly, and patch-test new products before applying them to the entire face. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and managing stress levels, also supports overall skin health.
What ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin?
Individuals with sensitive skin should avoid skincare products that contain potential irritants such as alcohol, fragrances, artificial colours, parabens, sulfates, and certain essential oils. These ingredients can trigger adverse reactions and worsen sensitivity. Opting for hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free products is beneficial for sensitive skin.
How can I soothe sensitive skin flare-ups?
To soothe sensitive skin flare-ups, it’s recommended to use gentle, calming skincare products that contain ingredients like ceramides, shea butter, moroccan argan oil, aloe vera and niacinamide. These ingredients have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness, irritation, and discomfort. Applying cool compresses or using gentle moisturizers also provides relief.
Can certain lifestyle factors worsen sensitive skin?
Yes, certain lifestyle factors exacerbate sensitive skin. These may include exposure to extreme weather conditions, excessive sun exposure without protection, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, and using harsh or abrasive skincare products. Identifying and minimizing these triggers is important to help manage sensitive skin.
Should I consult a dermatologist if I have sensitive skin?
If you are struggling with persistent or severe skin sensitivity, it is advised to consult a dermatologist. They evaluate your skin condition, identify any underlying causes or skin conditions, and provide personalized recommendations and treatment options to manage and improve your sensitive skin.