Sensitive skin is not a concern that usually requires medical diagnosis on its own, but may be an effect of another condition whereby the skin reacts to environmental conditions, a certain medication, consumable or a product. Sensitive skin can affect different people in different ways and coming into contact with one of these triggers can cause the skin to react in a variety of ways, including: redness, dry skin, itching or a rash.
The appearance that the reaction has caused is often what concerns the affected person, and can be the reason why further advice is sought.
Sensitive skin is not viewed as a clinical condition, but is a term that is used to describe easily irritated skin. The symptoms that one experiences will often arise when the skin is exposed to, or comes into contact with a ‘trigger’. One connection that medical professionals have come to realise with those who feel they have ‘sensitive skin’, is that they may be more likely to have a weaker, thinner lipid layer on the outside of the skin. Everyone has a lipid layer – a fatty barrier that helps to protect the skin – and where this may be thinner and weaker, it can easily become damaged and more likely to allow irritants to penetrate the skin. Other factors that are thought to play a role in sensitive skin include: a weaker immune system, ageing, over-washing, harsh exfoliation and certain medical conditions.
There are many things a person can do to care for their sensitive skin. Avoiding a known trigger is often the most effective, as well as caring for the skin with a suitable skin care routine. Using products – including soap, detergents and creams – that are gentle and fragrance-free can help to reduce the risk of irritation. Talking to the experts at The Facebible can help you to understand how best to care for your specific complexion, recommending the best products for you to use.
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