Like most other skincare concerns, sensitive skin can be the result of your genes, but also temporary or long-term exposure to the environment, pollutants, harsh detergents and even food allergies.
Sensitive skin is generally an inflammatory reaction caused by exposure to an irritating environment or ingredient. It can manifest itself as dry or rough patches, discoloration, and in severe cases, small cyst-like blemishes called pustules can form under the surface. If you have sensitive skin, it is always best to look for products specifically designed to be non-irritating.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sensitive Skin
What ingredients should I look for in skin care products that are less irritating to sensitive skin?
Fragrances tend to irritate skin. Look for soothing ingredients, such as aloe and vitamin E. Soap-free, gentle cleansers should always be used on the face.
Should I change up my skincare routine for the winter and summer months?
This really depends on where you live and how your skin responds to the different seasons. You should always wear sunscreen, regardless of the season. You can still get burned in the winter, which can aggravate skin. Also, sometimes skin needs extra moisture during cold winter months. Overly heated rooms can be very dry, causing skin to become flaky and cracked. The best course of action is to know your skin and respond to its needs as they arise.
Can sensitive skin be inherited?
In general, chronic conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema are inherited. Sensitivity to environmental factors such as perfumes, detergents, and skincare products are not a result of your genes.
Should men be concerned about sensitive skin?
While men do not experience the same hormonal fluctuations that can cause skin sensitivity, they can still be affected by chronic conditions as well as environmental irritants. Shaving facial hair can also aggravate any sensitivity. Men can benefit from the same sensitive skincare products as women.
What should I look for in a sunscreen if I have sensitive skin?
Sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are best for sensitive skin as they are naturally derived.
Antioxidants are your best defense against the inflammation that causes irritated skin. Try a nutrient-rich serum on cleansed skin like Marine Calm™ Rescue Serum to boost skin's defenses against the environment.