Many of us perceive as skin as sensitive.
This is for various reasons, however, in reality there is sensitive skin, which is a genetic trait, and sensitised skin, which occurs when the skin is traumatised or irritated.
If you have a genetic predisposition to sensitive skin, you may also experience some of the following:
Eczema, Psoraisis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Hay fever and Food allergies
Common factors that may lead to a sensitised skin condition include:
Pollution, incorrect product use, stress, medications, diet, microclimates and your home – believe it or not, where you live can be one of the most toxic places you can expose yourself to!
Obviously, when it comes to sensitivity, there is a scale, and some people would describe their skin as “a little sensitive” or “really sensitive”.
Regardless of the level of sensitivity in your skin, you can still use effective skin care and have professional skin treatments.
As a skin therapist that treats sensitive skin, the aim is to calm redness and inflammation and build and repair the skin barrier.
As these factors are dealt with, treatment can then proceed onto other concerns, such as anti-ageing, acne and hyperpigmentation.
I’ve noticed with my own skin, as I become older, my skin has become more sensitive.
I have actually experienced some of the conditions that are also present with a sensitive skin type that is genetic – like hay fever and bronchitis – however, it is a common phenomenon for the lipid barrier in the skin to weaken as we grow older, as cell renewal slows down allowing cracks to occur in the epidermis, weakening its protective function.
When applying a product to the skin, or having a professional skin treatment and you feel some sensitivity (this may be a tingling, heat or stinging sensation) before becoming too alarmed, ask yourself the following questions:
Is this normal for me?
Have there been any changes to my environment lately?
Have there been any internal, biological changes recently?
Has there been a seasonal change to the skin or product regime?
Any discomfort that you would describe as a 7/10 or upwards, would indicate that the product needs to be removed, or the treatment needs to be altered.
Always consult your preferred skin therapist when it comes to any form of skin sensitivity and build a relationship with a therapist that you trust.