Sensitive skin describes a number of conditions, from general irritation to dry skin to rosacea. What they all have in common is inflammation which occurs when the skin’s outer barrier layer is damaged—often through a lack of hydration, overexposure to the sun, or contact with irritants such as harsh soaps, detergents or anti-bacterial gels.
How to Soothe Sensitive Skin
● Moisturize Daily
Moisturizing regularly is the best thing you can do to calm irritated skin and help strengthen your skin’s protective moisture barrier. Apply immediately after showering or washing your face to lock in the dampness that is still on your skin.
● Always Protect with SPF
Wear a daily SPF moisturizer year round. Sun exposure is top on the list of sensitive skin triggers.
● Take Shorter, Cooler Shower
Try to limit showers to 10 minutes with warm, not hot, water. Long hot showers may feel great but they can further irritate skin.
● Use a humidifier
Humidifiers help add moisture to the air and can help your skin feel hydrated.
When Is Sensitive Skin Something More?
Sure, we all may blush a bit, but if your flush lasts longer than a minute or so, occurs for no apparent reason, and is accompanied by broken blood vessels or pimples, it may be rosacea. The cause of rosacea is not known, but it can be managed through minor diet and lifestyle changes, skin care products, or medication.
If this describes your skin, make an appointment with your dermatologist or physician.