How to Deal with Sensitive Skin

The first and most important thing about sensitive skin is acknowledging that this is not a temporary thing. Once you have sensitive skin, particularly on a certain part of your body, you will tend to always have sensitive skin in that area for life.

Sensitive skin can arise due to a number of different factors, such as:

  • Food allergies
  • Chemicals/detergents
  • Airborne allergies
  • Makeup and other skin care products that are applied to the skin

Some common symptoms of sensitive skin include:

  • Very dry skin
  • Capillaries are visible through your skin
  • Seasonal changes, particularly from summer to winter, cause your skin to become inflamed
  • You often have red spots on your skin
  • Metal jewelry will cause your skin to become inflamed
  • Upon stepping out of the shower you may notice red blotches on your skin
  • Now here’s the hard part – deducing just what is causing our sensitive in the first place. Finding a cause can be easy for some, such as if your earlobes become inflamed after you have just put in a pair of earrings you can quickly figure out that you have an allergy to that metal.

Some other reasons why you may have sensitive skin include:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Lack of sleep
  • Radiation (such as from computers or other electronic equipment)
  • Preservatives
  • Fragrances
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Fiber
  • Pet dander

And that’s just a short list of what can be causing it! So what can you do to help put a stop to your sensitive skin?

  1. Drink a lot of water. Water will help not only hydrate your skin, but it will help flush out any toxins that may be causing your skin to react to other stimuli.
  2. Eat healthy! Believe it or not, but our diet plays a huge role in our skin’s health and how well it reacts to the elements. Start taking a multivitamin and begin focusing on eating as natural a diet as possible. Fruits and vegetables and fibers are skin’s best friend!
  3. Get rid of anything that has fragrances, dyes, and preservatives. Going au natural with your products will go a long way in keeping your skin from becoming inflamed and irritated. Women are often amazed to discover that a product they have been using for 20 years suddenly causes a reaction on their skin, but there’s a good chance that the make up, lotions, or even cleansers you are using on your skin are the cause to your sensitive skin.
  4. Wear gloves. Even if you find that your sensitive skin is breaking out on your arms, face, chest, or any where else, when ever you are using cleaning products around your home wear gloves! This will help protect your skin and keep it free from coming in contact with harsh irritants.