Sensitive Skin

4 Tips to Calm Your Skin Sensitivity

We have all been there.

Betrayed by a foolproof 14-step routine.

Impulsively you reach for every skincare product you can find.

You go all out, smearing whatever you can find on your skin.

You hope to diffuse that embarrassing inflammation.

Instead, it has the opposite effect.

Your face still displays signs of sensitivity.

That’s right; your face shines like a belisha beacon.

It’s flaky, inflamed, covered in tiny bumps, and tender to the touch.

Why Skin Becomes Sensitive

Several factors can trigger skin irritation—allergens, pollutants, UV, and highly astringent ingredients, to name a few.

They produce a similar effect: they compromise your protective barrier to the skin’s defence system.

As the outermost layer of your skin, it keeps moisture in and bacteria out.

Chances are, you may have gone decades without incident, yet suddenly you have started to experience frustrating flare-ups when this happens; the knee-jerk reaction is to layer on the products in a bid to diffuse this inflammation.

But when your skin gets overloaded, it upsets the acid mantle of your skin’s delicate microflora.

This knock-on effect creates gaps between the cellular walls, allowing irritants to enter the bloodstream and causing inflammation and sensitivity.

What Triggers Sensitivity

Technically, the dermatological definition of sensitive skin is reactive skin, one that quickly becomes flushed and inflamed, which we discuss in greater detail here.

Literally, anything can cause. your skin to become sensitive:

  • UV
  • food
  • stress
  • allergies
  • genetics
  • pollution
  • chemicals
  • medication
  • fragrances
  • air conditioning
  • astringent products

With such a maddeningly array of triggers, you could be forgiven for not knowing how to treat your sensitivity.

Treating your sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is a complex issue, and identifying the problem is a major prerequisite for successful treatment.

Step 1. Eliminate

Lay off exfoliants, astringents, and actives such as Vitamin C formulas and low pH products, even if they’ve never given you trouble. Remember that less is best.

Step 2. Boost Your Barrier Function

Now’s the time to fortify and heal your skin with products that mimic its composition. Ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids protect your face from irritation.

Products from our range specifically created with these ingredients to restore your barrier function include Ceramide barrier repair balm and fortify cream.

Step 3. Protect

The sun will always be your nemesis; UV rays can wreak even more havoc and contribute to hyperpigmentation and inflammation, especially when dealing with a compromised skin type.

Our advice here at NC is to lay on sunscreen, preferably SPF 20. The higher the SPF, the higher the chemicals.

Step 4. Wait

All good things come to those who wait.

Please stick to your pared-down routine for at least four weeks, which is roughly how long it takes for cellular renewal to take place.

Only then should you begin slowly introducing skincare products back into your routine and do it gradually; that way, if your skin does react, you’ll quickly be able to identify the source.

We recommend asking yourself the following questions:

  • what are the symptoms of the sensitivities?
  • what are their influences?
  • when did the skin begin to develop symptoms?
  • am I doing anything different or using different products or cleaning detergents?

To conclude. The naked truth

Bottom line. Give your skin a break, and forego the candy store approach.

Often when your skin is red and inflamed, a knee-jerk reaction is to apply more products that calm and soothe, but this is the wrong strategy.

Think less is best; treat your skincare routine like an elimination diet.

After all, it is the largest organ in the body, and even your skin occasionally requires a detox.

5 replies on “4 Tips to Calm Your Skin Sensitivity”

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I am on a search for relief from Keratosis Pilaris. It is in my upper arms and seems to be getting worse on my legs. Any advice gratefully received.

Hi Tania

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