What is Sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is a common skin condition and not a medical diagnosis as opposed to dermatitis. It is used to describe skin with reduced tolerance to the application of cosmetics and personal care products. Your skin is more prone to reactions such as redness and itching. Most people who have sensitive skin notice occasional or frequent itching, burning and stinging of patches of skin. Sensitive skin is very treatable and can be controlled.
Often, complaints of sensitive skin relate only to the face. Products that are tolerated on other sites cause irritation and rashes; eyelids are especially sensitive. Armpits, groin and genitals may also be more sensitive than other areas because of thinner skin.
Why is your face the most common site of skin sensitivity?
The face has demonstrated to be the most common site of skin sensitivity,
owing to the larger and multiple number of products used on the face
A thinner barrier in facial skin
And a greater density of nerve endings
Which part of your face is the most sensitive area?
The nasolabial fold was reported to be the most sensitive region of the facial area, followed by the malar eminence, chin, forehead and upper lip. In order of prevalence, hand, scalp, feet, neck, torso, and back sensitivity followed facial sensitivity
What are the clinical features of sensitive skin?
•subjective symptoms such as stinging, itching, burning
•objective signs such as redness, dryness, scaling, peeling, bumps, hives.
What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a medical condition which occurs when skin is inflamed, damaged, irritated. It can appear as red, painful or itchy skin, rashes, inflammation or in some cases formation of blistering, cracking or peeling of the skin. It can be very severe and as with any skin damage leads to an increased risk of infection or entry of foreign substances if not carefully managed. While it’s easy to spot if left undetected or untreated dermatitis can lead to time off work, further medical problems, permanent sensitivity to certain substances and in extreme cases individuals may have to give up working in certain areas.
What are common medical causes of sensitive skin?
- Irritant contact dermatitis
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Contact urticaria
- Physical urticaria and dermographism
- Aquagenic pruritus
- Dry skin
- Eczema/dermatitis of any type
- Cutaneous mastocytoses
- Carcinoid syndrome
How common is sensitive skin?
It is reported that 50% of females and 40% of males have experienced sensitive skin.
What occupations are at risk of developing sensitive skin?
•Construction work •Health service work •Rubber making •Printing •Paint spraying •Agriculture / Horticulture •Electroplating •Cleaning •Catering •Hairdressing •Florist
Do I have sensitive skin?
- Your skin is reactive.
- You notice redness.
- Your skin is itchy.
- You feel stinging and burning.
- Your skin is dry.
- You often develop rashes.
- You’re prone to breakouts.
- Your skin flakes and peels.
Is sensitive skin serious?
Do not worry. Having sensitive skin is not a sign of a serious skin condition. Some people are simply more sensitive to products that come into contact with the skin. Avoiding harsh chemicals, perfumes, and other irritating ingredients in skin care products can help ease symptoms and keep them away
Is sensitive skin dry or oily?
Sensitive skin is inherently dry.
What can i use for sensitive skin? Is it safe to rub aloe vera on face?
How can i stop my skin being sensitive?
Key is 3 fold.
First identify the agent you are sensitive to and avoid it.
Second, develop a healthy skincare regime that you can stick to. One that is simple and not elaborate.
Skin regime top tips
- Use sunscreen every single day.
- Apply a moisturizer soon after washing your skin to help seal in moisture.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat healthy.
- Stay hydrated.
Third, work on nourishing your skin, optimising your skin health so you can gradually develop skin tolerance. Skin can be improved with a range of medical grade skin quality treatments.
What are medical treatments that can treat sensitive skin?
- Profhilo. | Biostimulation of collagen elastin and adipocyte stem cells
- Nucleofill. Rejuran. | PDRN based for skin repair
- Skin boosters. | A hydrating treatment
- Medical devices | LDM
Apply a moisturizer after washing your skin to help lock in moisture.
Dr Daniel Chang’sTop skincare tip for sensitive skin
So i hope this segment on sensitive skin has been useful. Seasons greetings and wishing one and all a Merry Christmas. It has been one challenging year after another. Cheers and heres to brighter days ahead! =)
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