Is your skin glowing like a belisha beacon?
Then, chances are, you have sensitive skin.
This can have a major impact on skin health; it can break down collagen and elastin fibres – our internal scaffolding – and impair the protective barrier; upsetting the acid mantle and knocking it out of balance.
The causes of sensitivity
Technically, the dermatological definition of sensitive skin is a reactive skin; one that easily becomes flushed and inflamed.
Literally anything can set this off:
- The sun
- Air conditioning
- Astringent products
Chances are, you may have gone decades without incident, yet suddenly you started to experience frustrating flare-ups.
When this happens, the knee-jerk reaction is to layer on the products in a bid to diffuse inflammation.
When our skin gets overloaded, it knocks the acid mantle – our skin’s delicate micro-flora – out of balance.
This has a knock-on effect, creating gaps between the cellular walls which allows irritants to enter the bloodstream, causing inflammation and sensitivity.
With such a maddeningly diverse list of triggers, you could be forgiven for not knowing how you treat sensitivity. The key is to support and maintain a healthy lipid barrier.
So give your skin a break, and forego the candy store approach.
After all, it is the largest organ on the body, and even your skin occasionally requires a detox.
The Naked Truth
Sensitive skin is a complex issue and identifying the problem is a major pre-requisite for successful treatment.
What are the symptoms of the sensitivities?
What are the influences?
When did the skin begin to develop symptoms?
What can be done to prevent sensitive skin?
Only then, can you begin to seriously treat this skin condition and start your journey to healthy, beautiful skin.