Sensitive skin can be triggered by many things. Mainstream outlets put a majority of emphasis on product allergies, specifically the individual ingredients of body care products. Although this is a leading factor to negative skin reactions, there are a number of other triggers that you may not have identified. To help you better manage your sensitive skin, we’re sharing 5 potential skin triggers that could also be causing your discomfort:
- Illness/Disease. Whether mild or serious, temporary or chronic, impairment to your physical health can cause your body to respond negatively. In some instances, it an illness that you’ve acquired (chicken pox, cancer, etc.) that triggers an issue. In other instances, it is your body’s own defenses (lupus, thyroid disorders, etc.) that cause the skin problem.
- Medication. All medications come with information regarding potential side effects that can be experienced when you take them. While the medication is working to either rid the body of or manage the known problem, it could also create a new problem that triggers your sensitive skin.
- Stress. When the body perceives that it is in a harmful situation, it begins to function differently than it ordinarily would. As a result, a chemical is released that allows the body to react in a way that prevents physical harm. If left unchecked, this chemical and the heightened state of functioning can negatively impact your skin (and body), mimicking actual illnesses.
- Poor Hygiene. In addition to its own secretions and dead skin cells, your body comes in contact with thousands, if not millions, of pathogens from the outside world every single day. Many of these exposures can irritate sensitive skin and clog pores if they are not removed from the body.
- Food and Environmental Allergies. Once the body initially realizes a foreign product or substance as harmful, it will continue to send a signal via an illness or a negative skin reaction. Trigger will occur whether your consume or come in bodily contact with a(n) (un)known trigger.
Awareness of your triggers and self care are great ways to help minimize the frequency and severity of negative skin reactions. As with ingredient triggers, it’s best to avoid the above situations as much as possible. These 5 potential skin triggers may seem mild. But, if left untreated, they can cause serious skin issues.
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