What is sensitive skin?
There are a variety of conditions that are associated with skin that is sensitive. Genetic ailments like rosacea and persistent allergies are amongst the most common. If you have sensitive skin you may experience stinging or burning sensations, tightness, dryness, redness or irritation.
Your skin will also be prone to hypersensitivity when in contact with certain types of materials, chemicals and products. Rashes and red bumps may appear on the face and body, if a patch test is not performed when vetting new beauty products. Photosensitivity can also cause a rash to develop on the face, chest and/or arms. Climate change can also trigger skin sensitivity.
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is a symptom of another condition. Skin that is sensitive, due to dryness, tends to develop itchiness, scaling, flakiness or cracking as a result of low levels of sebum and water. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is caused by the skin’s inability to provide sufficient protection against irritants. Sensitive skin that develops an itchy red rash when in contact with a trigger is known as irritant contact dermatitis. If a specific substance causes a reaction, you’re likely to have allergic contact dermatitis. Common allergens can be found in cosmetic and toiletry products, fragrances, metals used in jewellery and plants. If you experience extreme irritation, caused by direct contact with a substance, you probably have contact urticaria (commonly known as hives).
Hormonal fluctuations can also trigger skin sensitivity.
It’s possible to reduce skin sensitivity and redness with a sensitive skin peel. The chemical peel uses a combination of vitamins, peptides, plant extracts and fruit enzymes to stimulate the shedding of the superficial layers of the skin. During the process, the skin is infused with ingredients that help to build up collagen, diminish fine lines, and improve overall skin tone and texture.