Learn what causes sensitive skin symptoms and how to treat your sensitive skin.
IS YOUR SKIN SENSITIVE?
Nearly half of all people say they have sensitive skin, which can cause a feeling of tightness, dryness, itching, burning and redness. Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of the skin becoming irritated. It is often the result of damage to the skin’s protective barrier – allowing irritants and allergens to penetrate the skin and cause redness and inflammation.
SENSITIVE SKIN SYMPTOMS:
- Your skin flushes and turns red easily
- You’re prone to rashes and bumps
- Beauty products sting or burn
- You have dry patches
- Your skin feels itchy
- You’re sensitive to the sun’s UV rays
- You have broken capillaries on your nose and cheeks
- Fragrances irritate your sin
- Your skin reacts to weather changes
- You break out easily
Diving into the world of skincare can be intimidating for anyone — there seems to be an endless list of different kinds of gels and creams and oils, each for a different purpose, condition, and skin type. For people with sensitive skin, skincare can be even more overwhelming.
Have no fear! We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about dealing with sensitive skin: what to do, what not to do, and what ingredients to look for.
SENSITIVE SKIN TRIGGERS:
While some people are genetically predisposed to sensitive skin, many others are sensitized by their environment and lifestyle. Sensitive skin triggers include:
COSMETIC / MEDICAL PROCEDURES
COSMETICS AND SOAPS
CHEMICAL AND/OR SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES AND DYES
SENSITIVE SKIN TREATMENT
While sensitive skin can appear anywhere on the body, it is most obvious on the face. It occurs when the skin’s natural barrier function is compromised, causing water loss and allowing penetration of irritants. Symptoms can worsen with exposure to the sun and certain ingredients in cosmetics and cleansers.
Sensitive skin needs a daily regimen of gentle cleansing and moisturizing with ingredients designed to nourish and calm. AVEENO® Colloidal Oatmeal formulations help seal in moisture, soothe and calm sensitive skin, and restore the skin’s moisture barrier. AVEENO® Calming Feverfew® formulations help reduce the appearance of redness and help calm sensitive skin.
Here are a few tips:
Use lukewarm (not hot) water.
Use mild, soap and fragrance-free cleansers that won’t over dry or irritate, compromising your skin’s moisture barrier.
Gently pat skin dry – don’t rub.
Avoid using scrubs and washcloths.
Apply facial and body moisturizers to damp skin (within minutes of taking a bath or shower).
If prescribed by your doctor, apply any special medications first and then liberally apply moisturizer. For some medications, you may be advised to wait 15-20 minutes after applying before applying moisturizer, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Use hats, clothing, and broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens.
Soothe and hydrate sensitive, irritated facial skin with Aveeno Calm + Restore™ Oat Gel Moisturizer, For Sensitive Skin. This lightweight gel face cream formula, with nourishing prebiotic oat and calming feverfew, moisturizes for 24 hours.
Instantly soothe skin and fortify its moisture barrier with this hydrating Aveeno Calm + Restore VEENO™ Triple Oat Serum, For Sensitive Skin. Formulated with nourishing triple oat complex and calming feverfew, the facial serum is ideal for sensitive skin.
Gently cleanse and hydrate skin with this gentle Aveeno Calm + Restore™ Nourishing Oat Cleanser, For Sensitive Skin. The face wash for sensitive skin is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and contains nourishing oat and calming feverfew.
Formulated with a rich complex of aloe, pro-vitamin B5, and our highest concentration of prebiotic oat, Restorative Skin Therapy Oat Repairing Cream is clinically proven to intensely moisturize over time to improve skin’s resilience.
Formulated with prebiotic oat concentrate, pramoxine HCI, aloe and pro-vitamin B5, this non-greasy Restorative Skin Therapy Itch Relief Balm soothes dry skin while relieving itch from minor skin irritation.
Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is specially formulated for sensitive skin with Calming Feverfew® and Nourishing Oat and has been clinically shown to reduce the appearance of redness and irritated dry skin in just 1 week with 100% mineral sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection.
Positively Mineral® Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 For Face Protect sensitive skin every day with this sunscreen for face. This mineral-based formula with broad spectrum SPF 50 combines naturally-sourced zinc oxide, nourishing oat and Vitamin E to protect your sensitive skin.
For a complete sensitive skin facial care regimen, try Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes to soothe and cleanse while removing dirt, oil and makeup and Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream to replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier overnight.
LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN ALSO
HELP PROTECT SENSITIVE SKIN:
Rid your routine of chemical and environmental irritants in your personal care items, laundry items, household cleaners, furniture, paint, etc.
BE WARY OF BACTERIA
This means replacing your washcloth and pillowcase more often and tossing out old makeup and cosmetic products. Wash your makeup brushes often and let them air dry.
TEST NEW PRODUCTS
When you’re trying a new product, always test it on your wrist, arm, or behind the ear first before putting it on your face or more broadly on your body.
AVOID YOUR TRIGGERS
As much as you can, avoid common triggers like harsh soaps, alcohols, chemicals and fragrances. Check the labels on your skin care products.
USE A HUMIDIFIER
Unless you live in a humid climate, use a humidifier to help your skin stay moisturized.
MANAGE STRESS AND ESTABLISH A HEALTHY SLEEP SCHEDULE
Stress and sleep are significant lifestyle factors that can affect skin health.
COULD IT BE MORE THAN SENSITIVE SKIN?
There are medical conditions that can cause sensitive skin symptoms. Rosacea, eczema, and allergic contact dermatitis are commonly mistaken for sensitive skin. Your dermatologist is your best resource to find the cause of your problem and develop a treatment plan to get and keep your skin clear.
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