- Is your skin easily irritated
- Quick to flush
- Sometimes sensitive to touch
- Can embarrassing red patches appear
- Do your cheeks become chapped and peel
- Do tiny blood vessels appear close to the surface
Did you answer yes to any of these questions?
Then chances are your suffering from sensitive skin conditions, which really can make everyday life a trauma.
And whilst there is no medical definition for sensitive skin, there is one thing for sure, it is a genuine condition.
ANATOMY OF SENSITIVE SKIN
A study carried out in Europe, found that as many as 5o% of women and 30% of men described their skin as sensitive.
A staggering statistic but one that does not surprise me.
WHY SKIN BECOMES SENSITIVE
The journal of investigative dermatology, have carried out extensive studies on skin irritations.
What they found was when the skins surface gets irritated it activates NEURO-PEPTIDES,
These are chemicals found within our brain, responsible for regulating our hormonal system.
Some people with sensitive skin have more reactive immune responses, or higher than usual neurological reactivity; when more neuro-active chemicals are released into the dermis than usual, this triggers sensitivity.
Not only does this inflammation create rashes and erythema, it also expands the tiny veins under the skin, making them appear closer to the surface.
SKIN SENSITIVITY CAN BE DELAYED
More alarmingly, scientific research found, that our skin may not even feel irritated or compromised, even though a product has been used that contains potential irritants.
So even though the skin is not stinging or burning, the breakdown of the skins acid mantle is still taking place.
Chemicals found in personal care products and cosmetics, can build up slowly in the bodies fatty tissue over time and a reaction won’t always occur until many years later.
Skin then becomes so sensitive it even reacts to tap water.
My article exposed, looks at ingredients that irritate the skin.
Fortunately with a good skincare regime and products specifically formulated for sensitive skin, you can work to improve your skins barrier function and replenish missing oils and lipids from the skin’s surface.
Offering a sensitive skin, that much needed protection.