Skin sensitivity is something most of us encounter at some point in our lives, thanks to excessive heat, prolonged exposure to the cold, or certain chemicals that act as skin irritants. However, for some, this is a chronic condition, and many suffer from skin sensitivity on a daily basis.
If you are prone to mild skin reactions, constant rashes, skin redness, dry skin and constantly experience reactions to skin care products and detergents, you probably have sensitive skin. If you suffer with any of these symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you see your dermatologist for an effective diagnosis and treatment plan.
Caring for sensitive skin is very important. Afterall, your skin is the largest organ in your body. If you think you suffer with skin sensitivity, be sure to follow these steps.
1. Natural Fabrics all the way
What you wear can affect the health of your skin. Studies have shown a greater prevalence for skin sensitivity when it comes to artificial fabrics such as Nylons and Polyesters. Friction caused on the skin by tight clothing also has been identified as a cause for skin sensitivity. Loose, Light clothing in natural fabrics such as Cottons and Linens are highly recommended for individuals suffering with skin sensitivity. However, these triggers are very person specific, so make sure to understand what works for you.
A key symptom of skin sensitivity is dry skin, where the moisture of the skin is stripped off, leaving the outer skin layer sensitive. Ensuring that your skin is always moisturized, especially if you are working in an air-conditioned environment, is key in managing your skin sensitivity. Make sure to pick a product that is made with natural ingredients and minimal chemicals and fragrances, such as the Morisons Lacto Hydra Intense Cream, which is specifically designed to treat dryness that causes skin sensitivity.
3. Identify your triggers
Different factors cause skin sensitivity to different people, and you need a highly individualized regimen in treating and managing skin sensitivity. In addition to reducing irritation caused by friction of your clothes and ensuring that your skin is moisturized at all times, make sure to listen to your skin. Do your own investigations on what causes skin irritation – is it the perfume you wear? A detergent you use? A fabric softener? Isolating the cause of skin irritation can help you manage your skin sensitivity. Once you know what the trigger is, avoiding it can help you manage your skin condition.
4. Avoid the extreme heat and the cold
Extreme weather conditions such as excess heat or cold, can affect your skin sensitivity. Be sure to cover up and not expose your skin to extreme weather conditions. Make sure your water is not too hot or cold when you wash. A balanced temperature can help your skin stabilize.
Skin Sensitivity is a common problem faced by many, and with the right care and precaution, is a perfectly manageable condition. If sensitive skin is disrupting your daily life, or causing you undue discomfort, be sure to meet your dermatologist.
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Written by Shana