Friday, July 26, 2013

4 Sensitive Skin Problems Solved

 Sensitive Skin Problems Solved

You may have sensitive skin if your skin gets flushed, itchy or breaks out with blemishes easily with cosmetics, skin care or changes in weather, sun or pollution.  Or you may only have an allergy to harsh, irritating ingredients in cosmetics and skin care you often use.  What are the main sensitive skin problems and the best treatments for them?

Sensitive Skin Problems and Solutions

1.  Rosacea
  • This sensitive skin condition affects 3% of the population, is chronic and may vary from mild to severe.  The solution is to manage it to minimize the symptoms such as flushing, and small pus-filled bumps on the face.
  • Dermatologists agree certain medications may actually make rosacea worse (Medicinenet).
  • Since inflammation is a main cause of rosacea, it's best to avoid ingredients that contribute to inflammation. (American Academy of Dermatology).  These can include foods such as refined sugars, refined grains (white flour), oils such as sunflower, peanut or corn oil, trans fats, regular consumption of alcohol, products with high fructose corn syrup. 
  • Skin care or cosmetic products that promote inflammation include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), fragrances and many botanicals.  It's important to only use SLS free products such as SLS free shampoo and toothpaste.  Many botanical and plant extracts can also cause inflammation.  It's best to use sensitive skin care products that are plant free.
2.  Adult Acne
  • Adult acne affects 30% of women and 20% of men ages 20 to 60.  It's reported that the cause of adult acne starts with clogged pores that attract bacteria, become inflamed and cause breakouts (WebMD).  The trigger for adult acne includes overproduction of hormones, sensitive skin, and ingredients in skin care or cosmetics clogging pores.
  • To treat adult acne it's important to determine your skin type.  Avoid strong cleansers and soaps with SLS.  
  • Keeping your skin clean with a gentle cleanser is important.  Wash your face twice daily with warm water and a non-soap face wash or cleanser.
  • Acne products are typically harsh and may include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids.  These may help temporarily, but may also cause irritation to sensitive skin.
  • Remove dead cells regularly with a gentle exfoliating scrub.
  • Antibiotics may help temporarily, but without a proper daily skin care routine and the right products, breakouts will continue. 
  • Focus on vegetables rich meals, free of refined sugars and carbohydrates.  Fish and chicken are the best choice for healthy skin.
3.  Burning and Stinging
  • Most common cause of burning and itching is dry skin, and inflammation causing a rash.  The rash could be caused by an allergy or contact with an irritating ingredient.
  • Allergens can be gluten or salicylates found in food, skin creams or cosmetics containing botanicals or harsh chemicals. 
  • Other causes include medical conditions such as kidney failure (American Family Physician) or and infection.  Certain medications, even aspirin, food additives or B vitamins can contribute to burning and stinging of the skin.
  • Determining the cause is the important step towards relief.  
  • Read ingredients and use effective sensitive skin care products. 
4.  Allergies
  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you may be truly allergic to an ingredient or you may only be irritated by it.  For example, you may get a rash when you use a certain brand of mascara.  When you stop using it, your skin problem clears up.  
  • Always read ingredient lists on labels.  Botanicals, parabens, formaldehyde agents, and fragrances in your skin care products are the enemy of sensitive skin. 
  • Always do a patch test by applying a small amount of a new product on the inside of your arm.  Wait for 24 hours and see if you react negatively.  To test a new product, try one at a time at least a week apart.  
Cleure offers a complete line of sensitive skin care products for all skin types.  With the proper gentle cleansers and moisturizers, your skin can heal and strengthen to a radiant, beautiful, confident you.

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