How to deal with sensitive skin Sensitive skin a description of skin that is any of:
• Extremely dry
• Prone to redness/blushing/flushing
• Blisters, breaks open or develops bumps or pustules
As a response to:
Excessive exposure to the elements such as sun and wind, or excessive heat or cold
There is no test to determine if you have sensitive skin – sensitivity is a description rather than a diagnosis. Raw nerve endings in the skin become exposed and skin is painful with the abovementioned responses. For this reason, descriptions such as hypoallergenic don’t always mean much in terms of whether you would be likely to react to your products or skin care. So many different agents can potentially cause skin reactions or contact allergies. Even high amounts of minerals in tap water in certain geographical areas can cause contact dermatitis! Healthy lifestyles with lots of fruit and veggies, and lots of water may help to protect your skin.
Dr Claire Jacobsohn recommends the following for sensitive skin: When looking for skin care, consult with your Aesthetic practitioner. You can avoid expensive purchases that will cause a reaction by consulting with a professional first!
Avoid the following ingredients in your products:
• Anti-bacterial agents
• Fragrances. Even “natural” fragrances like menthol, peppermint, camphor, lavender, citrus or eucalyptus can cause sensitivity.
• Alcohol – especially in toners
• Retinol or alpha hydroxy acids (unless your doctor recommends such products).
• Propylene glycol
• Urea When purchasing or trying a new product, don’t apply it to your entire face to see if you may react. First test the product in an area such as behind your ears. Leave it overnight, and see if you react. If you still do not react, use a small amount of your product to the skin on the side of one eye. If you do not react, the product should be safe for you to use.
Dr Claire also recommends: Sensitive skins must always use:
• Sunblock – preferably avoid chemical sunscreens. Look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as these are less irritating. Always wear an SPF of 30 or higher.
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