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Sensitive Skin 101: What You Need To Know And Are You Happy About It?

1. Is Your Skin Bothering You?

You tend to say that having sensitive skin is caused by the skincare products used, which lead to stinging, burning, redness, or tightness. Or you could say even though you have no visible contact with a product; it always makes your skin feel uncomfortable. Why is this happening?

It is because sensitive skin is a range of conditions. It is a disease or skin reaction I would say.

Factors like genetics ailments, such as eczema and rosacea, gender, age, and race differences in skin sensitivity may play a role in causing skin reactions. Also, pregnancy can be a sensitive skin cause. Besides that, the most response comes from ingredients, surroundings – weather or dust, or even the nutrients or supplements you take.

Acne, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, are likely to be skin diseases or condition that are related to sensitive skin.

Do you know that sensitive skin has multiple symptoms?

2. Sensitive Skin Symptoms That’s Killing Your Low Self-Esteem

I believe that many of those who are dealing with sensitive skin problem will find alternatives to cure or reduce the skin problem (including me). Start asking yourself whether you have these symptoms:

    • Does your skin develop itching with skincare or hair care products?
    • Have you had reactions to skincare products, including sunscreens?
    • Are you sensitive to any fragrances?
    • Have you had any reactions to prescription medications?
    • Are you careful enough in trying out new products regardless of a bad experience in the past?
    • Do you have any history of allergies, eczema, or asthma? If you do, it is likely a high chance of skin allergies or irritation to happen to your skin.

If you said yes to any of these questions above, then you are likely to have sensitive skin. Let us take a look at what are the symptoms of sensitive skin for you to discover and learn on how to cure or reduce sensitive skin. Shall we?

Itchy Skin
Itchy and taut skin can cause by the cleansing products that are too harsh. Especially when using hot water that can make it worse. Your skin will start itching when the air is dry and cold, giving it scratching, which leads to more irritation and even infection.

Dry Patches on Skin
Eczema is known as the sign of sensitive skin when your face has dryness and irritation. It is a type of dermatitis characterized by a leaky skin barrier that doesn’t effectively trap moisture. Nevertheless, your skin can cause acne breakout & cracked skin.

Redness on Skin
Certain people react to certain ingredients while some are genetic predisposition, rosacea, for example, depending on each individual. This reaction often occurs when a person who deals with susceptible skin.

Rashes and Bumps
Usually, this happens amongst most Malaysian when you apply different ointment on your skin. Any product that you intend to consume is sure to perform a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area. After 24 hours, see if there’s any rash develops on your skin. Coconut oil can be applied for quick rashes and bumps!

 

Broken Capillaries
As for this complication, it refers to tiny blood vessels that become visible near the surface of the skin and are usually often seen on the nose and cheeks. Those who are more prone to having broken capillaries are those who have thin skin and has a fewer protective layer.

Stings or Burns
Usually, when it comes in contact with cleanser, foundation, moisturizer, or sunscreen, your skin reacts not in the right way. Sensitive skin tends to have a thinner skin barrier, allowing the ingredients in skincare products to sting or burn. Don’t overload sensitive skin with harsh elements – stick with gentle, hypoallergenic products that are formulated especially for sensitive skin.

Breakout Skin
This appears when your dry, sensitive skin produces extra oils to compensate from the lack of contained moisture. In the end, clogged pores will lead to breakouts. Opt for non-exasperating treatment or ingredients such as tree oil and witch hazel. Be sure to avoid alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid as they can be too harsh for sensitive skin.

Reacts to Bad Weather
Malaysia is well-known to have the hot and rainy season that can immediately trigger sensitive skin such as rosacea causing swollen blood vessels. Seek for a product that contains soothing ingredients like calendula, chamomile, azulene extract.

Fragrance Sensitivity
Sweet-scented is nice, but these fragrant products can be extremely triggering for those with sensitive skin. I suggest you opt for fragrance-free beauty products and don’t assume that “natural” scents will be okay. Normally, therapeutic essential oils such as cinnamon, clove, and peppermint- quickly inflame sensitive skin.

Sensitive to UV Rays
Sunburn usually happens when you are tanning yourself under the sun without the use of sunscreen or a hat to cover. Next thing you know, flushed and beet-red on your skin appears.
Omg, I have these symptoms! What should I do?
Getting to know your symptoms and type of sensitive skin can help to cure or reduce your skin sensitivity.

 

3. Which Type of Sensitive Skin That You Have?

Thin or Damaged Skin
You do know that once you have delicate or damaged skin, your skin will be able to see veins, bones or tendons more clearly? This type of skin is easily damaged compared to others. Aging, exposed to sunlight, smoking, drinking alcohol, steroid creams, or other medications that can cause side effects are the factors to have thin or damaged skin.

Reactive Skin
Those with lighter tone are likely to have this. It is a susceptible skin that reacts immediately to products and procedures, therefore be careful of harsh ingredients, dyes, and artificial fragrances. I suggest you use organic & natural ingredients for better skin!

Sensitized Skin
Working actively outside buildings – the polluted area can expose to the environmental stressors that your skin might react sensitively to it. Redness and stinging are likely high chance to occur particularly exposed to the sun, smoke, or pollution. Get ready to invest your time and finances to develop a healthy lifestyle routine and use products suitable for this skin type.

Naturally Sensitive
One of the most common sensitive skin types, where those who are born with it came from genetic ailments. Typically the ordinary people with this skin type have skin conditions – eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Nevertheless, a particular food, skincare products, or weather can cause flare-ups.

 

4. What Can I Do To Cure/Reduce Skin Sensitive?

Get To Know The Ingredients That Your Skin is Sensitive To.
You should test one product at a time to check whether you are sensitive to specific ingredients. Educate yourself about ingredients in skincare. Get yourself tested at derm clinics. Apply prevention to reduce skin sensitivity.
If you’d like to learn more about ingredients that can cause sensitivity, check out this post!

Get Tested for Allergens/Trigger
It is best to do tests for allergy skin. Since your skin is exposed to suspected allergy-causing substances (allergens) and is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction, along with your medical history, allergy tests may be able to confirm whether or not a particular substance you touch, breathe or eat causing symptoms.

Control Your Diet by Nutrients or Supplements
This matter mostly overlooked by most of you, but nutrients or supplements intake can affect your skin in a good or adverse reaction. Consuming the right supplements and healthy nutrients can positively influence skin condition while taking inadequate nutrients, which actually will affect the inner of your skin that can directly affect your outer skin. Thus, you need to apply a healthy lifestyle and food intake to reduce your skin condition.

Steps to Overcome Sensitive Skin
Dealing with people sometimes make you feel irritated with your sensitive skin. However, with a few changes in your lifestyle, you may see significant improvement as mine did.
Try to apply these steps to overcome sensitive skin:

1. Choosing the Right Product
Wash your face twice a day using suitable skincare products.
Avoid acidic, harsh astringents and exfoliants products
Protect your skin from other chemical products.
Use natural cleaners and household products.
Use a moisturizer with soothing ingredients.
Test new products on a discreet area of skin at least one day before trying a full-application

2. Protect Sensitive Skin
Wear sunscreen daily
Wear metal with caution.
See your doctor if you have severe or persistent skin problems.

3. Changing Your Daily Habits
Take shorter baths and showers.
Don’t scrub your skin harshly.
Shave with care.
Air dry or pat dry.
Moisturize your hands often throughout the day.
Keep a skincare journal.
Put a humidifier in your bedroom

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