Friday, November 8, 2013

Problem Skin: Why It's Skin Deep

Sensitive Skin Care Products
Sensitive Skin Care Products
Your skin helps protect you from the outer world and harm, but it is not impenetrable.  In fact your skin does absorb what is applied to it, including skin care and cosmetics. It's important to learn about problem skin care and how to prevent sensitive skin from becoming a problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "It is estimated that more than 13 million people in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.  Dermal exposure to hazardous agents can result in a variety of diseases and disorders, including skin diseases and systemic toxicity."

How Your Skin Care and Cosmetics Get Absorbed 
The spaces between your skin cells are filled with substances such as fats, oils or waxes known as lipids.  Chemicals can penetrate your skin through these lipid-filled spaces as you apply a product to the surface of your skin.  A second way is that chemicals are absorbed from cell-to-cell. And a third pathway is through your body glands or hair follicles. Ingredients in products that are applied to your skin are absorbed as they are transported from the outer surface of the skin into the skin and the body via one of these three pathways. How much or how fast ingredients are absorbed depends on the following:
  • If your skin is damaged
  • How hydrated or dry your skin is
  • How irritating or hazardous the ingredient is
  • How often you apply the chemical or ingredient
Types of Problem Skin from Absorbed Ingredients
Problem skin can include symptoms of:
  • Itching
  • Pain, burning
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Small blisters, pimples, acne
  • Dry, flaky, scaly skin 
There are a variety of types of problem skin:
  1. Contact dermatitis - If caused by an irritating ingredient (irritant contact dermatitis), your skin will appear inflamed whenever you use the product.  With an allergic contact dermatitis, the ingredient affects your immune system which is then triggered to respond causing symptoms to your skin. 
  2. Rosacea - Your skin may appear flushed, break out with pimples and appear red with this type of problem skin.  Dermatologists don't know the cause, but harsh acidic types of ingredients should be avoided.
  3. Burning and stinging - Again the cause is not known, but dermatologists know certain harsh ingredients contribute to burning and stinging.
  4. Acne - Oily skin with clogged pores can result in acne.  As dead cells build up and skin is not cleaned properly, bacteria builds up causing problem skin.
How to Help Reduce Problem Skin
To help improve problem skin, what you use and apply to your skin frequently is very important. Sensitive skin care products should be formulated to help bring about the health of your skin free of irritating and harsh natural or chemical ingredients.  Cleure skin care and personal care products are gluten free, botanical free, salicylate free, paraben free and fragrance free to help bring about healthy, youthful, and radiant skin naturally.

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