Sensitive skin is a common issue but not a medical diagnosis by itself. The term generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation. The cause of the inflammation may differ for each person.
People with generally sensitive skin type have local reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in products that come into contact with their skin.
They may also get rashes or irritation from clothing or friction. Some people are allergic to certain substances and may react on their skin.
Sensitive skin may also be a symptom of an underlying condition. Finding ways to avoid potential triggers and soothe irritated skin may help people with sensitive skin find relief and improve their quality of life.
Causes of Sensitive Skin
In many cases, having sensitive skin is generally not a cause for serious concern, as it likely stems from a minor allergy or underlying skin condition.
If a person has sensitive skin with no underlying health condition, their skin may become irritated more easily.
Many people experience irritation after exposure to:
- heavy winds
- very cold temperatures
- very hot temperatures
Additionally, a person with sensitive skin may be more prone to reactions to skincare products, makeup, or certain types of clothing.
The symptoms of sensitive or reactive skin may appear in numerous ways, including:
- patches of redness
- rashes that may itch, sting, or burn
- itching, stinging or burning without a visible rash
Contact dermatitis refers to an inflammatory skin reaction from contact with something on the skin. There are different types of contact dermatitis.
Irritant contact dermatitis
A person can get irritant contact dermatitis from products like soaps, laundry detergents, or even from exposure to water. A non-specific, inflammatory skin response in reaction to the chemicals in these products. People can also react to jewelry made from metals like nickel.
The skin may become red, swollen, and itchy. In some cases, it may become very dry and crack, and blisters may even form.
Photoallergic contact dermatitis happens when the skin is irritated after coming in contact with something after being exposed to sunlight, usually a product like a sunscreen lotion.
Allergic contact dermatitis
Allergic dermatitis happens when a person’s skin comes in contact with something to which they are allergic. An allergy, which is immune reaction, can also cause eczema and hives.
Common allergens that can cause skin reactions include:
- latex or rubber
- dyes and coloring
- chemicals or ingredients in creams or bath and beauty products
- reactions to certain plants, such as poison ivy, poison oak, or stinging nettle
Symptoms may include:
- redness with or without swelling
- rashes or hives
- dry, flaky skin
- blisters or cracked, oozing skin
- dark, leathery patches of skin
Symptoms may clear up on their own if the person eliminates the offending product. Anyone having difficulty identifying products that are causing their symptoms should see a dermatologist.
Home remedies and prevention for sensitive skin
Some home remedies may also help treat or prevent sensitive skin symptoms. They include:
Hypoallergenic moisturizers and lotions may reduce dryness without irritating sensitive skin. Some ingredients may work better than others, depending on the type of sensitivity.
For instance, people with very dry skin may respond well to ingredients such as urea or lactic acid.
Some simple oils, such as shea butter or coconut oil, may work better for others. It is always important to test a product on a small area of skin before applying it to the rest of the affected skin.
Oats may be especially helpful for people with sensitive skin. Research shows that applying colloidal oatmeal to the skin may help with symptoms such as rashes, dry skin, and eczema.
Oatmeal is effective because it improves the skin’s barrier rather than just treating the symptoms. Applying a colloidal oatmeal paste to sensitive skin may help manage symptoms.
Other tips for sensitive skin
People with sensitive skin may also be able to minimise symptoms by:
- taking shorter showers and baths that last less than 10 minutes
- avoiding using very hot water for bathing and washing the hands
- avoiding harsh fragrances, detergents, or other chemicals
- using fragrance-free, hypoallergenic products, such as soaps, deodorant, and detergent
- avoiding harsh chemical cleaners
- patting rather than rubbing the body dry
- testing new products on a small area of skin before applying them to more extensive areas
A person can keep a journal of the products that they use each day to help them identify any possible triggers of symptoms on their skin. If the person finds a product they believe is causing a reaction, they should stop using it and take it to their dermatologist to undergo testing for allergies.
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For Sensitive Skin Types, adding a soothing and calming ingredient to your daily routine can help with the constant redness and flushes.
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“Canadian Willowherb™ reduces skin redness within 30 minutes of use and has better results than the reference anti-irritant agent hydrocortisone.”
In the clinical study, consumers experienced a reduction in blemishes and their skin is clearer in just 4 weeks**
** Based on Lucas Meyer Cosmetics consumer study
Additionally, for Sensitive Skin Types, keeping your skin happy and hydrated is key from preventing excessive dehydration, especially as we are wearing masks all day.
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It helps deep hydration for up to 72 hours, and greatly improves the skin microbiome diversity for a healthy skin barrier in 7 days.
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Willowherb extract, comes from northern Canadian Prairies plants that have developed strong protective properties to survive the harsh climate, and is also a fast relief of skin irritation.
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