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Sensitive skin can become easily irritated and feel uncomfortable. But medically speaking, sensitive skin is not a diagnosis – it is a symptom of other underlying conditions. At times it can be hard to deal with sensitive skin and challenging to find the right treatments. Luckily there are currently several ways of addressing sensitive skin. But first, it is important to understand the conditions that may cause it.
Sensitive Skin Causes and Symptoms
Many people often don’t even realize that they have sensitive skin until it becomes irritated by new skincare or cosmetic product. Figuring out the culprit behind sensitive skin can help effectively treat it. Here are a few of the most common causes of sensitive skin.
When skin loses too much oil or water, it can become dry. Dry skin can cause itching, become scaly or flaky, crack, bleed, and appear red. Dry skin most commonly occurs on the face, hands, arms, and feet and can cause irritation and excessive sensitivity.
Rosacea is a skin disease that affects the face. Rosacea can make the skin extremely sensitive and react strongly to skincare products. Individuals with rosacea usually complain about small bumps and pimples on the skin, a sunburned look, visible blood vessels, and redness in the face.
Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) affects the skin’s ability to protect itself from germs and irritants present in laundry detergents and creams. People with eczema are usually much more sensitive to products that may not bother other people. Symptoms of eczema include cracked or scaly skin, dryness, itchiness, and small bumps that may expel fluid and crust over.
Contact dermatitis is a rash that develops after the skin comes into contact with an irritant. Contact dermatitis symptoms can include swelling, burning, tenderness, bumps and blisters, and a red rash.
Sometimes sensitive skin can occur without any underlying conditions. Some individuals can develop sensitive skin from exposure to wind, cold, sunlight, or heat. When the skin becomes sensitive in these situations, it can start breaking out, develop patches of redness, sting, burn, and produce rashes or hives.
Treatment for Sensitive Skin
The treatment of sensitive skin can sometimes become a double-edged sword. Once a person develops sensitive skin, many regular skin procedures could further irritate it. Fortunately, there are several ways to soothe sensitive skin and prevent further sensitivity.
If sensitive skin is caused by external irritants, like in contact dermatitis – it is vital to remove said irritants to prevent further irritation. Individuals with sensitive skin are often advised to use fragrance-free detergents and soaps. Using OTC antihistamines and topical antihistamines can also help reduce sensitivity.
Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
Improving the skin’s tone and texture could prove to be difficult for individuals with sensitive skin. Chemical peels and other resurfacing procedures can be too harsh, so care must be exercised when performing skin rejuvenation on sensitive skin. Procedures like sea salt resurfacing are less irritating than peels and can easily be tolerated by sensitive skin.
Red LED light can help reduce redness and inflammation, stimulate cellular turnover, and promote rapid healing. Blue LED light helps kill bacteria without irritating sensitive skin. And Near-Infrared (NIR) LED light stimulates collagen.
The SaltFacial offers a comprehensive treatment that includes sea salt resurfacing, aesthetic ultrasound, and LED Phototherapy all in one procedure. The SaltFacial is well suited for sensitive skin and could be a one-stop shop for those looking to soothe, renew, and invigorate their delicate skin.
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Sensitive skin may require additional care. If you are interested in learning more about the SaltFacial and how it can help with the maintenance of healthy skin, contact us today.