Sensitised skin versus sensitive skin: Know your skin type!
Hands up how many of you believe you experience sensitive skin?
If this is you, it’s time to let you into a little secret!
That tell-tale tingle when you apply a new product, or the redness you experience when you deviate from your usual brand of makeup might not be sensitive skin.
In most cases, the redness, stinging and dry patches that tell you the skin is unhappy are usually caused by sensitised skin, not sensitivity.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
What is sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is a skin type. It can be caused by genetics, a medical condition or an autoimmune condition. Sensitive skin can lead to chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or vitiligo.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for sensitive skin. The best you can do is to treat the symptoms and reduce the impact on daily life.
What is sensitised skin?
Now, sensitised skin is what most of us will experience at one time or another.
Sensitised skin is caused by an impaired barrier function that leaves the nerve endings exposed. When these nerves come into contact with toxins, bacteria or even extreme weather conditions, the result can be any of the following:
- Easily irritated
The cause and impact of sensitised skin are different from person to person and can be dependent on specific lifestyle factors such as the following:
- A reaction to skincare products including sunscreen
- Chemicals and pollution exposure
- Exposure to wind or extremely hot or cold weather
- Lack of sleep
We receive countless messages from consumers who want to know how to cure both sensitised and sensitive skin.
How to treat sensitive skin
As we mentioned, sensitive skin is impossible to ‘cure’.
We recommend receiving a personalised skincare plan or specific medical advice for any form of sensitive skin. It’s important to note that if sensitive skin is caused by an underlying skin condition, treatment may only relieve symptoms rather than cure them.
How to treat sensitised skin
The good news is, it’s completely possible to cure sensitised skin using a two-pronged approach. The first and most important step is to heal the broken barrier. Once you’ve done this, you can then go on to protect and nourish cells to keep skin healthy in future.
Consumers often spend time looking for products specifically targeted towards sensitive skin. While this makes sense, it’s these very products that can contain synthetic or occlusive ingredients that block rather than clear pores and can actually make the problem worse.
Instead of turning to products aimed at curing sensitive skin, follows these simple steps:
Avoid touching your face
Even the cleanest of hands contains millions of bacteria that can irritate sensitive skin. Wash and dry hands thoroughly before going near the face and only then if you absolutely need to.
Hydrated cells are healthy cells. Consuming liquid such as water, herbal teas and smoothies promotes the skin’s natural hydrating process to strengthen cells and improve function. Consume at least two litres of water a day to give your skin a natural boost.
Avoid synthetic ingredients in skincare
Products aimed at curing sensitive skin types can often form part of the problem. Emulsifiers used to give moisturisers their thick consistency can block pores leading to irritation. Sensitised skin is more likely to react to synthetic ingredients and inflame delicate skin cells. Where possible, remove all products with an ingredients list that can lead to sensitivity.
Fragrance is one of the most common allergens and can lead to the signs of sensitised skin including redness, stinging, breakouts and dryness. Fragrance has no benefits to the skin and is only added to make it smell nice or to cover the smell of chemical formulating ingredients. Even essential oils have been proven to irritate skin and are better left off the ingredients list.
Exfoliating delicate skin cells might not feel like it’s top of the list but using a gentle enzyme exfoliant on sensitised skin can help remove bacteria that can cause further damage on an impaired barrier function. Give harsh scrubs a miss, however, and look for products that contain fruit acids and can gently clear clogged pores rather than abrasive scrubs that can cause more damage.
Bf Restore Face & Body Serum is an extract of Australian finger lime. As a natural source of tryptophan, ferulic acid and vitamin C, the powerful phytonutrients work to repair the damaged barrier function while reducing inflammation and redness to reduce the symptoms of sensitisation.
Use Bf Restore Face & Body Serum twice a day until you’ve used one full bottle to give the barrier time to heal and repair before introducing more serums in the Biologi range.
Sensitised and sensitive skin can be painful and uncomfortable skin conditions. While sensitive skin involves looking at the causes of the condition before deciding on a treatment protocol, sensitised skin can be cured by repairing the damaged barrier function with fully active plant nutrients.
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