Sensitive Skincare

Try these sensitive skincare tips if you have a high rate of adverse reactions to certain irritants. The more common ones are detergents, prescription medications, certain cosmetic products and the weather (cold, wind, sun & heat). Also, if you have dry skin, this could easily lead to sensitivity.

Woman with sensitive skin

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I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin at all, but even I have had a couple episodes where my skin has reacted to certain ingredients. One was many years ago, we received a free sample of laundry detergent in the mail. It was a well-known name brand, so I thought nothing of using it for my next load of wash. I dressed using the clothes from that load of laundry.

Wow, whatever was in there made my skin itch like crazy!
I missed two days of work and I went through three tubes of anti-itch creams. I actually mailed a letter with the empty tubes to the company, and they sent me a check to cover the cost.

Keep in mind that it's not only the laundry detergent that might cause your skin to have a reaction. Fabric softeners, laundry whiteners and dryer sheets might also contain ingredients that can affect your skin. Materials like wool and latex are also known to cause problems.

Items to which your skin may be sensitive:
skincare products containing fragrances, parabens (preservatives), and alcohols. Alcohol will tend to dry your skin out, causing it to be more sensitive. Try products with "hypoallergenic" on the label, and do your best to keep your skin moisturized, especially right after washing your skin. Dry skin lets the chemicals in to the deeper layers, and the irritants then become trapped in these cracks and crevices which just prolongs the agony.

Sensitive Skincare Tips

Everyone enjoys a nice soak in a hot tub or jacuzzi, but it's not recommended for sensitive skincare. The chlorine in the water can really dry your skin. Speaking of hot water, when showering, don't use water that's too hot because that will dry your skin out too. Invest in a shower filter to get rid of the skin-drying chemicals in your water. Also, try body washes and foaming cleansers in the shower instead of rubbing your skin with a bar of soap, which can lead to skin irritation. Once you get out of the bath or shower, gently pat your skin dry. Don't rub.

Some prescription medications which might increase skin sensitivity are acne medications, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's), birth control pills, blood pressure medications, chemotherapy drugs, diabetic medications, and tranquilizers. You may be able to find natural remedies which don't contain the chemicals prescription meds are made of.

High stress levels can also contribute to sensitive skin care should be taken to prevent what I call a "stress rash" that flares up on my hand and it becomes very itchy. I haven't had that happen in awhile though. Looks like I've finally learned to manage my stress. Yay!

The above statements are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment. Consult with a dermatologist or healthcare provider on any sensitive skincare issues you may be having.

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