Could Your Skin Just Be Super Sensitive?
Especially because they ask great questions and we share a lot of details with each other on the calls we have.
One of the usual topics is just how does one know if they are truly suffering from acne or could it be that maybe they are just having a reaction because of a skin sensitivity to something.
Like many things in skin care a lot of skin problems get labeled acne that may not really be acne. Sensitive skin issues include acne, but sensitive skin can almost be applied to everyone these days.
In fact, it's so common that it is a several billion dollar product industry. Everywhere there are high end department stores to the small local store with shelves filled with products that promise to provide results without irritation.
The question is, do these products improve skin health for everyone with sensitive skin issues?
Unfortunately not. As I have said many times, just like there are no two people alike, there are no two types of skin alike either.
The American Dermatological Society recognizes four types (or categories) of sensitive skin:
3. Oversensitive Skin that Reacts Immediately to Product Use
4. Skin Allergies
As we know, acne prone skin normally includes high levels of oil and bacteria, and products that add oil to the skin can potentially make it worse.
More importantly, products that over-dry will cause a build up of dead skin at the microscopic level that ends up blocking more pores resulting in more breakouts.
This is one of the problems with products such as Proactiv, that rely on the old benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid as their main acne fighting ingredients. I always recommend natural ingredients such as glycerin and natural anti-bacteria essential oils such as tea tree to give results without over-drying the skin.
Rosacea, which is a condition characterized by flushing of the skin or broken and inflamed blood vessels underneath the surface. Normally it requires more serious dermatological treatments, so make sure to check with your doctor before using any type of skin care product.
Allergic reactions, as with all types of sensitive skin conditions, may also require a visit to a dermatologist for testing and antibiotic medications. This is also true of eczema, an autoimmune disease of the skin.
For the maturing set like me, age and ethnicity can further complicate the process of finding an appropriate set of skin care products.
No matter who you are or where you are from, your skin changes with age, and different ethnicity groups experience their own set of distinct skin conditions. So it's not surprising that commercially produced chemically-based skin care products have a difficult time solving the needs of every person with sensitive skin.
Finding the right skin care products to meet your individual needs can be tricky and will likely involve a lot of trial and error. I know because I'm a sensitive skin individual and I help my own clients with these issues every day.
The best rule of thumb is to try products out and if they are causing your skin to react negatively, then realize it's the product and not you.
If you are interested in a particular treatment or customized skin care regimen, I suggest you try as natural a line as you can find. I also have developed my own natural skin care line (called Ginale Skin Care) that is perfect for everyone with any type of skin.
In my next post I will tell you what an appropriate skin care routine should include and what to avoid. I always like to give you more access to information that you can use today, so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to get your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking in as few as 7 days.
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