Do You Have Extra Sensitive Skin?

October 27th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

The truth is that sensitive skin is really more of a condition than it is a skin type, and more than 40 percent of Americans state that they have sensitive skin. Dermatologists define sensitive skin as a reaction — when a patient has bumps, redness, or worse, what are known as pustules or erosions. There are a number of people who consider themselves to have sensitive skin because they experience burning, stinging, tightness or redness after exposure to some type of irritant.

But the good news today is that more and more people are turning to organic skin care products, which can and usually do help resolve sensitive skin. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology.)

If you think you have sensitive skin, take a look at the following characteristics: sensitive skin tends to be thin or fine textured; it’s typically dry and delicate; prone to flushing from temperature including heat and cold; wind burns and sunburns easily; usually results in red and blotchy skin when irritated; and it is prone to allergic reactions.

Dermatologists agree that there are quite a few unknown factors in the diagnosis of sensitive skin including: gender, race, age and inherited factors which all cause differences in the skin’s sensitivity. Remember the skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It would seem as if individuals with sensitive skin seem to have some unique skin attributes that affect their immune system and the barriers of the skin, which might make them more susceptible to skin irritations. Watch out for common skin irritants such as:
– Chemicals that are used in fungicides, pesticides and herbicides,
– Alkalis in detergents and toilet cleaners.
– Silver and gold metals.
– Cyanoacrylates in glue.
– Sorbic Acid in medications, cosmetics, inks, paints, rubber, glue, and varnishes.
– Natural and manmade chemicals in fragrances.
– Plastics used to make common household items
– Rubber latex
– Capsicum from hot peppers
– Menthol and peppermint
– 4-tert-Butylphenol in cosmetics — lip liners, adhesives, lacquers and plastics
– Formaldehyde and formalin found in a wide range of products including antiperspirants, astringents, carpeting, dry cleaning, insulation, medications, paints, insecticides, plastics, rubber, permanent-press fabrics, wood composites, cosmetics and disinfectants, just to name a few.

There are some excellent products for reducing sensitive skin these days. But the first thing you should consider is using a fragrance-free organic skin care line of products such as Herbalix. A clean, mild natural aroma that comes from organic skin care products that use base oils is good for those who have sensitivities to essential oils.

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