|Remedies for sensitive problem skin|
The most important fact is that your skin absorbs what is applied to it, including skin care and cosmetics. You may only be experiencing one or two specific reactions on your skin or multiple. This article will help you learn about problem skin care and how to prevent sensitive skin from becoming a problem.
You're Not Alone
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." These potentially irritating or even toxic ingredients may be in every day used skin care, personal care or cosmetics.
Warning About What's on Store ShelvesStores are filled with products promising clear, youthful, problem-free skin. Once you buy, you realize it was just a pipe dream. All skin should be treated as if it's sensitive and very delicate.
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
Absorbed Irritating Ingredients
Some of these irritating ingredients found in many brands include the following. Environmental Working Group, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, has a more complete list on their website, www.ewg.org. They list safer products on their Skin Deep website.
- Salicylic acid
- Plant extracts
- Herbal ingredients
- Essential oils
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Mineral oil
- Petroleum based ingredients
- Pain, burning
- Small blisters, pimples, acne
- Dry, flaky, scaly skin
- 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.
- 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.
- Burning and stinging - Again the cause is not known, but dermatologists know certain harsh ingredients contribute to burning and stinging.
- 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.
Simple Remedies 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.
- Clean your face with a gentle cleanser suited for your skin type. Wash gently and don't rub. Remember your skin is delicate.
- Moisturize with sensitive skin moisturizer.
- Protect your skin from the sun with a natural sunscreen (up to SPF 30 is all that's needed) that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for active ingredients.
- Use mineral based cosmetics