When it comes to sensitive skin, it's not as easy to define as you may think.
In some derm circles, acne, rosacea, stinging and burning, and contact dermatitis are all considered sensitive. The common core to all of these conditions is the dreaded inflammation.
So what is at the root of your sensitivity?
In acne, inflammation is a result of overactive oil glands producing sebum that mixes with dead skin cells and other debris, clogging the pores. This creates an optimum growth opportunity for bacteria. The body’s defense system wages a war against the bacteria resulting in an inflamed pimple.
Rosacea is a skin condition with no clear cause; however, there are known triggers such as sun exposure, emotional stress, hot weather, wind, spicy food and heavy exercise, just to name a few. Rosacea symptoms can vary by type and can appear as flushing, persistent redness, bumps/pimples and visible blood vessels.
Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory response that happens when something comes in contact with your skin that causes irritation or an allergic reaction. Common culprits are jewelry, cosmetics, personal care products, fabric softeners or plants (i.e. poison ivy).
Burning and Stinging
This is the inflammation response when something hits your skin and causes your skin to burn or sting (like an acid or strong retinol).
While I can’t provide a cure for sensitive skin, I can suggest products that have been designed specifically to make skincare more tolerable.
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