Embarrassing flare ups, or itchy, flaky skin, sound like you?
Then the best advice I can give you, is to approach your skin care routine, as if you were carrying out an elimination diet.
Your skin abides by the same principle as your body does, after all it is the LARGEST ORGAN on your body.
So don’t be tempted to approach your skin care routine like a kid in a candy store, otherwise you may just end up paying the price for over indulgence.
Topical cortisone’s are they friend or foe?
Topical cortisone is often recommended to treat skin sensitivity.
And it’s true; these cortisone’s will offer you immediate relief, but the repeated application of steroids can really thin out your skin, weakening the epidermis, your skins outer layer.
There are a number of other conditions associated with the long term use of cortisone on the skin which can be really damaging, you can read all about in my article; hydrocortisone cream is just a band aid for the skin.
So how do I treat my skin irritations?
If chronic inflammation is a problem, then give your skin a break.
I am constantly amazed at the amount of people who write to me, who are genuinely concerned about their skin sensitivity, yet when I asked them what they have been using, they real off a long list of products.
My advice is to strip back your use of products and keep it really simple guys, less is best, and use only natural and organic formulations topically that are devoid of a lot of ingredients, in a bid to rebuild your acid mantle and repair your skin’s barrier.
I would also recommend avoiding the use of the following actives:
The cellular turnover cycle of the skin takes around four to six weeks, so I recommend scaling back your routine, in order to bring your skin back into balance.
Then gradually re-introduce your skin care products one at a time, this will help you to eliminate any potential skin irritants that have caused the inflammation.