More than half the population from the first world countries claims to have sensitive skin and other show similar statistics. In our view, this is an indictment of the products that they are using and shows that there is a systemic degradation in skin condition.
If you do react to a product you should look carefully at the ingredients list to figure out what caused the reaction. Eliminate any sprays you might be using, including perfumes, cleaning sprays, hair sprays, etc. Consider that the reaction may be to your shampoo, conditioner or detergent. It is worth looking at your fabric softener as well.
- Skin shows a sustained reddening after applying the sensitizing product
- Tendency to flush
- Easily aggressed or sensitised when placed under stress
- May mark and scar easily
Here are some suggestions on lifestyle changes that should have a balancing effect on your skin
- Avoid abrasive exfoliants
- Use non-drying masks
- Avoid excessively hot baths or showers and apply moisturiser immediately after washing
- Seek mild sun exposure on a large part of your body at least once a week. Cover sensitive skin with physical sun protection – that means cover up or use a mineral sun block
- Take an omega-3 supplement with at least 400 mg of long chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Make sure that you are not allergic to fish oil – the symptoms include facial swelling and a rash
- Take a good quality ingestible probiotic and apply a probiotic skincare treatment that contains live strains of beneficial microbes to improve the skin barrier
- pH of ALL products must be in the 4.5 – 5.5 range
- Avoid excessive coffee and alcohol
- Avoid dry air-conditioned atmospheres