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Caring for Your Sensitive Skin

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If you have sensitive skin, your skin will often overreact to environmental factors such as stress or the weather, as well as physical contact of razors, or other cosmetic or household products. You may often feel a discomforting tingling or tightening of the skin, without any visible signs of damage, such as rashes. Your skin may be irritated, red, or dry, without having any known skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis.

Many people have sensitive skin, and while having this skin type can be frustrating at times, you are certainly not alone. Approximately 56% of Canadian women have this skin type, and 24% of those women have had past reactions to cosmetic products. Approximately half of women who have sensitive skin also have dry skin, and nearly half of women with sensitive skin have consulted a dermatologist about their skin.

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  • Sensitive skin will react to environmental factors very quickly, and requires care. Be careful when ingesting spicy foods and caffeine, as well as alcohol, as these can cause your skin to flare up. If you know that your skin reacts negatively to these factors, do your best to avoid or limit your exposure.
  • Use products that are specially designed for individuals that have sensitive skin. There are cleansers, cosmetics, moisturizers, detergents, and fabric softeners that are designed for those with sensitive skin.
  • Lean towards using mild, soap and fragrance free cleansing products. These products clean without removing essential oils from the skin.
  • Look at the ingredients listed in cosmetics like your facial cleanser. Stay away from products that contain carboxylate, sulfonate or sulphate ions as these compounds are notorious for causing irritation.
  • Avoid cleansing grains, brushes, and loofahs. Instead use specially formulated liquid cleansers or hard-milled soaps for sensitive skin.
  • Avoid skincare products that contain exfoliants. They remove dead skin cells but many also contain substances that cause irritation and redness in the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may not react well.
  • Make sure that you understand what “hypo-allergenic” means. It does not mean that the product is non-allergenic. Rather, it means that the most common skin allergens have been removed from the product in question. If you have sensitive skin, you should be extra careful when using new skincare products.
  • Perfume-free products can sometimes still contain perfumes which block the chemical smell of a cosmetic. In this case, the perfumes are labelled as preservatives. Petroleum jelly is the only topical preparation that does not require a preservative.
  • The winter can be particularly trying for someone with sensitive skin. Remember to protect yourself well during the winter months by moisturizing well, on the hands, body, feet, and the face to compensate for the dryness in the air.


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