Sensitive skin can affect anyone, and for any reason. Whether sensitive skin is a lifelong condition or one that comes and goes depending on the season, there is no reason to have to endure painful, easily irritated skin for a moment longer than you have to.
Sensitive skin is characterized by:
- Stinging and burning
There are more and more products being developed specifically for sensitive skin, like gentle cleansers. By choosing the right skin care products, you can give your sensitive skin the care it needs.
This article will discuss:
There are many reasons why you may have sensitive skin. It may just be your natural skin type, or it could be due to a number of transient factors, including:
- Cold and dry climates
- Reactions to environmental or chemical factors
Cold and dry climates
Winter is a time when many people fall victim to sensitive skin. From chapped lips to cheeks red from wind, many people find themselves with dry, sensitive skin. At this time of year, the air contains much less moisture than it does in other seasons, leaving your skin with nothing to pull in from the air to keep the skin moisturized and protected.
However, winter isn’t the only season that affects skin. Warmer months bring with them a completely different problem: sunburn. Sunburn is a burn from UV radiation and heals with time. On the surface, sunburn causes red and sensitive skin, but it also causes damage beneath the surface of the skin. Although sunburn can easily be prevented by wearing sunscreen, inevitably you may get sunburned at one point or another.
The risk of encountering sun damage, even in the winter, will be greatly reduced if you regularly wear sunscreen and protect yourself from sun exposure.
Reactions to environmental or chemical factors
When you have a reaction to a product, whether it’s a lotion, detergent, a plant, or otherwise, it’s called contact dermatitis. This can come from allergens or irritants. Allergens are things you’re allergic to, like animal fur or fragrances, that give you a rash or irritate the skin. An irritant, however, can cause sensitive skin simply because it is a harsh chemical. Having a reaction to an irritant does not necessarily mean you are allergic to it.
Acne often causes sensitive skin, and many adult acne products can make this sensitive skin even worse. Astringents or strong medications may dry out the skin and make it susceptible to irritation.
Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by redness, bumps, and skin thickening. It is unclear whether rosacea is caused by genetics, surroundings, or some other factor.
Many people who have rosacea have learned to manage their condition by paying attention to when they have flare-ups and by avoiding trigger situations or items that may be responsible.
You can help your skin stay healthy and beautiful by avoiding environmental factors that cause sensitive skin and using appropriate skin care products for your skin type. Try natural ingredients like those found in Dr. Perricone’s dry and sensitive skin care products to see the difference you can make to your sensitive skin.
Vitamin C ester
Vitamin C ester is a soothing, non-irritating substance that can be used on top of sunburn, eczema, and even open wounds. It relieves redness and inflammation, making it a perfect ingredient for those with sensitive and irritated skin.
Vitamin C ester works by taking the positive aspects of vitamin C, namely, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and removing the drawbacks of vitamin C’s irritating and acidic qualities.
What’s left is a fat soluble compound that soothes irritated and red skin while leaving the skin more radiant.
Dr. Pericone has studied vitamin C ester on both sunburn and eczema, finding that in both cases vitamin C ester is an effective treatment to reduce irritation, redness, and inflammation.
Watch this video of Dr. Perricone discussing his vitamin C research:
Other tips to prevent sensitive skin
- Use fragrance-free skin care and makeup products.
- Test skin care products first before applying them completely; that way, if you have a reaction, it will only be on a small area.
- Try to reduce the number of products you use, if you’re prone to sensitive skin. Giving your skin a break from numerous chemicals may reduce symptoms.