Taking Care Of Sensitive Skin 

What is a sensitive skin 

Sensitive skin is an issue that is hard to diagnose. The reason is, you can’t really be sure of it. It can’t be ‘diagnosed’ by the doctor nor do you face problem all the time. The only way a person can be sure of having sensitive skin is by observing reaction to most products and just observing the skin. If you are one of those Australians who regularly feel itching from time to time or you see redness or burning upon using many skin products, you might have a sensitive skin. Having a sensitive skin is not a disease or even a problem. It just means you have to take some extra care of your skin, the products you use and the ways you treat it. But, before labelling your skin with this title, do pay a visit at the dermatologist.  

There are different kinds of sensitive skins and it will be really good if you be sure of what type you have. All types require different amount of care so it’s best that you not only get familiar with your type of skin, but also get some tips on taking care of it from the dermatologist.  

The types of skins are, Sensitive, Redness, Reactive, Atopic and Allergic. All of these types have different symptoms so it is best that you visit a doctor and find out which one is your type.  

Reasons for a sensitive skin 

According to dermatologists, there are three main factors that can trigger the symptoms of a sensitive skin. These factors are, Environmental, Skincare products and internal factors. 

Environmental factors refer to the area you live in, the changes in temperature, humidity and other climatic effects. This also includes the sun exposure, water purity and amount of pollen in the air.  

Skincare products refer to the chemical products that you use. This not only refers to the skin products, but also other everyday use products like perfume, deodorant etc.  

Lastly, internal factors cover a broad range of factors. From psychological stress to the food you intake, all of your choices affect your skin. 

The aforementioned are only the factors that trigger the sensitive skin to react. The main cause of the sensitive skin is the body’s defence mechanism. Since skin is the protective layer of all organs, it is made with a defence system that protects it from any bacteria and chemicals. The protective nature of the skin stops any irritant from entering into the skin. However, in case of people with sensitive skin, this defence mechanism does not work as efficiently and results in lack of protection of the skin against these irritants. This weakened protection system leaves the skin susceptible to any bacteria or even pollen.   

Doctor’s advice for sensitive skin 

From a doctor’s point of view, there are few things you can do to forget worrying about having a sensitive skin. These are,  

  1. Make a list of the factors that cause the skin to react. This includes any product you use or any place you go to. This also includes any meal you take that triggers a reaction on your skin.  
  2. Don’t use products that are too alkaline. Use products specialised for sensitive skin or rather, go for natural skin care products.
  3. Use high-tolerance moisturiser to restore the hydrolipidic film of the skin.  
  4. When applying makeup, use products with minimal ingredients and if possible, free of preservatives and fragrances.  
  5. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure.  

Best cure to Sensitive Skin 

The best cure for a sensitive skin is a good routine. While the selection of everyday products, especially skin care products, may be necessary, but it is very important that whatever ritual you adopt, you follow it consistently. The next section mentions a routine specialised for people with sensitive skin. However, other than the routine, you should make sure you apply the right sensitive skin care products on your skin. These products shouldn’t contain chemicals or strong solutions. It is best to go for natural Sensitive Skin Products Australia or at least organic skin care products.

A good routine for people with sensitive skin 

For a consistent routine, you should apply a cleanser or a moisturiser along with sunscreen in the morning. These products should not have any alcohol, glycolic acid or high amount of vitamin A. At night also, you should go for a milk or oil cleanser along with a moisturiser. Other than routinely products, you should start using products having skin strengthening ingredients like vitamin K, niacinamide, shea butter and squalene.