A lot of you have sent us questions about what to do about your sensitive skin. Some of the questions are: What products should I use? How often should wash my face/body? Is medication necessary to help me? What type of doctor should I see? Unfortunately, no one answer to these questions exists to help you all receive relief. Your skin is unique. And, it’s difficult to provide you with answers without having all the necessary information to understand the root cause of the sensitivity. Although specific answers are not available, we can share information about what you can do to be empowered in your efforts.
Historically, wearing heavy creams and avoiding the sun were the primary “treatments” for sensitive skin. But, increased understanding of the body and how it’s impacted by external factors have provided alternate means to treating sensitive skin. The road to reduce sensitivity may be long, but to help you get started down the path to understanding your skin and realizing relief. Here are some actions that you can take
- Pay attention to your skin. When you come in contact with an irritant, your body will let you know. You will realize physical sensations (itching, burning, tingle, cooling, etc.) or changes in dermal layers of your skin (hives, discoloration, lesions, swelling, increased sensitivity, etc). These symptoms are not always immediate. In fact, they can be realized up to six hours after initial contact with an irritant. It’s also important to know that once an initial reaction has come and gone, a second reaction may appear afterward. Having this information can help you identify your triggers and ultimately avoid them.
- Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics. are made from manufactured ingredients that are triggering to sensitive skin. Some of these artificial fabrics prevent the skin from properly breathing and removing moisture away from the body.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep (all cycles) is the body’s time to repair itself, both internally and externally. When you’re sleeping, your body is balancing its water levels, boosting blood flow and promoting optimal cell repair that strengthens and heals skin.
The path to understanding what causes your sensitivity may be long and difficult. Although remission may not be possible, you have the tools to possibly minimize the intensity of your sensitive skin. To realize some relief, it’s important to be proactive your efforts and not give up hope.
www.webmd.com; Signs You Have Sensitive Skin; https://blogs.webmd.com/healthy-skin/2016/06/7-signs-you-have-sensitive-skin.html
www.everydayhealth.com; Amazing Reasons to Sell for Skin Health; https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/amazing-reasons-to-sleep-for-skin-health.aspx
www.ndhealthfacts.org; Sleep; http://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Sleep