Sensitive skin is a type of problematic skin in which the skin reacts adversely to various irritants. The skin can be triggered by internal or external factors, such as nervous tension, stress, illness or improper care, climate or UV radiation. Dry skin can be visible on the face, lips, hands, body and scalp. All the 4 types of skin types can have this condition, but it is more common in dry skin than in normal or oily skin because of the lower barrier function. Most people can guess if their skin is sensitive but it’s also best not to self-diagnose but seek a doctor’s opinion to confirm and find out if other factors may be involved.
What causes Sensitive Skin?
Although science has not been able to show the actual difference between the biochemical nature of sensitive skin and non-sensitive skin, there are possible reasons as to why some people observe sensitive skin while others do not.
One of these is the dysfunction of the skin’s barrier function. When this happens, moisture from the skin can seep away leading to dryness, which then leads to sensitive skin.
There are also some triggers which can cause the skin to react such as:
- Excessive Sun exposure
- Air and water pollution
- Climate change
- Extreme temperatures
- Hard water
- Inadequate sleep
- Hormonal changes
- Chlorine in swimming pools
- Lack of moisturization
Most people can guess if their skin is sensitive but it’s also best not to self-diagnose but to seek a doctor’s opinion to confirm and find out if other factors may be involved. Here are a few symptoms that you can recognize if you have sensitive skin:
- Mild reactions such as rashes or bumps
- Skin becoming flushed at times
- Frequent itching – triggered by dry skin
- Immediate reactions when new cosmetics, skin care products, or detergents are used
Can sensitive skin be healed?
While we cannot say that 100% of your symptoms will not appear again, you can definitely reduce its occurrences and manage this condition better. With the right skincare regime, you can protect and prevent your skin from irritation, keeping it hydrated, smooth and glowing.
How to Treat Acne Prone Sensitive Skin
The best way to manage your sensitive skin is to maintain a routine and avoid testing out new products often. Some common tips are:
- Use Products Appropriate for Sensitive Skin – Because your skin may reject new products or ingredients, it’s best to use non-irritating products. Avoid harsh soaps, fragrances, and products containing alcohol, as they can aggravate your skin. They are many products designed for sensitive skin that are mild, unscented or chemical free, even hypoallergenic sometimes, such as the Exposed skin care. Calming ingredients like green tea, chamomile, and aloe Vera are beneficial for soothing irritated skin. Before you try on any new product, do a patch test to determine if it is suitable for your skin. Use the product only on your forearm or behind your ear and leave it on overnight. Repeat this for 2-3 days and if there’s no adverse reaction, you can start using the product on the intended area.
- Effective Cleansing – Normal cleansers not only clean impurities from the skin but also the hydrolipid film that protects it. For sensitive skin it’s important to choose a cleanser that can prevent moisture loss and maintain the barrier function. Exposed Skins Body Wash has sage extract and salicylic acid suitable even for frequent showering. The acne-fighting salicylic acid with sage can wash away excess oil while rejuvenating skin.
- Apply Moisturizer – Dry skin is more prone to sensitivity –hence hydrating your skin amply will protect it from reacting. For sensitive skin, use a hypoallergenic moisturizer like Exposed Moisture complex that has active ingredients like green tea, pumpkin and caffeine. It can hydrates skin without clogging pores to reduce redness and irritation, and absorbs quickly to give skin a smoother, softer appearance.
- Wear Soft, Loose Clothing – Certain fabrics like wool, nylon, spandex and polyester can irritate sensitive skin. Wearing loose, softer clothing made from cotton or linen can help your skin breathe easier and reduce reactions. Also remember to wash your pillow cover, preferably satin, once a week to prevent dirt and germs from irritating your skin.
- Protect Sensitive Skin – Exposure to harsh rays of the skin directly will not only damage your skin but can also put you at risk for skin cancer. And for people with sensitive skin, continuous exposure can dry out skin making it prone to reactions. Choose a sunscreen that has titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide at the active ingredients. Apply a sunscreen of minimum 30 SPF at least half an hour prior to stepping outside and do not forget to reapply every few hours.
Which products can I use if I have sensitive skin?
Follow a daily skincare routine formulated especially for sensitive skin. Avoid products with acidic ingredients, skip the toner on most days and drinks lots of water to hydrate from within.
How Exposed products can help
Exposed Skin Care is specifically formulated for sensitive and reactive skin, and is proven to give results of acne-free, glowing skin without side effects. It’s formulated using minimal natural and scientific ingredients to improve skin health through the perfect combination of science and nature.
The Exposed Expanded Acen Treatment Kit involves products for AM and PM with a clearly mapped out routine. Designed to kill acne-causing bacteria, unclog pores, moisturize skin and soothe inflammation, the kit includes:
- Facial Cleanser
Containing salicylic acid, sage extract and Vitamin B5, this but gentle face wash is helps clear skin and prevent blemishes while maintaining moisture.
- Clearing Tonic
The Exposed Clearing Tonic is a powerful facial toner that controls sebum production and prevent acne-causing bacteria from affecting skin after cleansing.
- Acne Treatment Serum
Formulated with Benzoyl Peroxide, the Exposed Acne Treatment Serum penetrates deep into pores to prevent new blemishes and heal the skin naturally.
- Clear Pore Serum
The Exposed Clear Pore Serum is a lightweight gel that unclogs pores and repair the skin overnight.
- Moisture Complex
An oil-free gel moisturizer, the exposed moisture complex hydrates skin without being heavy on the pores.
- Derm-X Cloth
The Derm-X Cloth is our exclusive facial microdermabrasion cloth that aims to exfoliate dead skin cells, remove cosmetics, oil and dirt.