Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today, I want to take the time to talk to you about something very important to me. It’s taking care of sensitive skin.
What is Sensitive Skin?
So, what is sensitive skin and how do you define it. Well I will use the definition from a special interest group of international experts who defined sensitive skin as:
Using the Delphi method, sensitive skin was defined as “A syndrome defined by the occurrence of unpleasant sensations (stinging, burning, pain, pruritus, and tingling sensations) in response to stimuli that normally should not provoke such sensations. These unpleasant sensations cannot be explained by lesions attributable to any skin disease. The skin can appear normal or be accompanied by erythema. Sensitive skin can affect all body locations, especially the face”.Misery L, Ständer S, Szepietowski JC, Reich A, Wallengren J, Evers AW, Takamori K, Brenaut E, Le Gall-Ianotto C, Fluhr J, Berardesca E, Weisshaar E. Definition of Sensitive Skin: An Expert Position Paper from the Special Interest Group on Sensitive Skin of the International Forum for the Study of Itch. Acta Derm Venereol. 2017 Jan 4;97(1):4-6. doi: 10.2340/00015555-2397. PMID: 26939643.
My Experience With Sensitive Skin
When my skin contacts household or skincare products, it causes stinging, burning, itchiness, redness, or tightness. As you can see from the picture above if I am not careful about what’s touching my skin, I end up with dry skin patches, red bumps, and just redness. I have a combination dry and sensitive skin. Hence, I have to be very careful about the product I use on my skin. I will give you an example, I tried a new exfoliator which led my skin to the above situation. I also get a similar effect if I use those acne/blackhead removal tools. Basically, exfoliators or any of those skin tools are a big no-no for me.
What Do I Do Take Care of My Sensitive Skin
Cleansing – When it comes to cleansers, I don’t use harsh products. Each person responds differently to different cleansing methods. However, I can tell you for sure that “deodorant” soap or highly fragranced soap are no-nos for me since they contain strong detergents and shouldn’t be used on the face. Soap-free cleansers such as mild cleansing bars and sensitive skin bars along with most liquid facial cleansers have less potential for facial skin irritation than soaps. The same is true for cleansing creams and disposable facial washcloths. I love using Honest Beauty Gentle Gel Cleanser with Chamomile. My skin just loves them. I just use gentle cleansers with my fingertips. I never scrub my face, and just rinse with plenty of warm water, then pat dry. If my skin dries out or gets oily, I just try a different cleanser.
Exfoliating always irritate my skin and I never exfoliate. I always make sure not to use products that have alcohol, soap, acid, or fragrance. Instead, look on the label for calming ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea polyphenols, and oats. The fewer ingredients in a product, the happier my skin is.
Moisturizing – One thing that is needed for all skin types is moisturizing. I have a combination and sensitive skin. Half of my face is drier than the Sahara desert, and the other half (namely, my T-zone) is oily and prone to breakouts. on top of that, I have sensitive skin. Hence, when it comes to my skin, I always go for a lightweight, water-based, and oil-free moisturizer. Most of all, apply it while your skin is still damp from washing or rinsing to help seal in moisture. I also try to look for soothing ingredients when it comes to my moisturizer and again less is better.
Sunscreen – I cannot say it enough when it comes to any skin type, sunscreen is a must. You will not only protect your skin from cancer but also irritation and sunburn. I wear it every day, even if it’s not sunny and even if it’s cold.
Makeup Product – I just stick to few products for makeup.
If you have sensitive skin, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following:
- Use face powder, which has few preservatives and minimal risk of skin irritation.
- Use a silicone-based foundation for minimal skin irritation.
- Do not use waterproof cosmetics; you need a special cleanser to remove them.
- Use black eyeliner and mascara; they appear to be least allergenic.
- Use pencil eyeliner and eyebrow fillers; liquid eyeliners may contain latex and may cause an allergic reaction.
- Throw out old cosmetics; they can spoil or become contaminated.
Skin Test – Before trying any new product and I try a little bit behind my ear and leave it overnight. I have a dry red patch behind my ears than on my face.
My lovelies! I would love to know what you do to take care of your particular skin type? Please comment below.
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