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How to take care of sensitive skin

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If you have sensitive skin, the best thing for you to do is keep your everyday products simple. Otherwise, certain products can cause your skin to burn, sting, turn red, or become dry.

Learning about what products to use, how often you should clean your face, and what habits affect your skin is essential because it'll help your skin stay in good shape.

Signs you have sensitive skin

Before diving into tips and routines, are you positive you have sensitive skin? If you think you do, there's a good chance you're right because about 70% of the world's population has sensitive skin (Source: Frontiers in Medicine).

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The following are signs that you may have sensitive skin:

  • Your skin is reactive to soaps, detergents, fragrances, household, or skincare products.
  • You experience rashes or bumps.
  • You have dry patches or flakes.
  • Your skin feels itchy.
  • Your skin breaks out easily.
  • You're sensitive to sunlight.
  • Drink plenty of water.

The International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI) defines sensitive skin as "a syndrome defined by the occurrence of unpleasant sensations (stinging, burning, pain, pruritus, and tingling sensations) in response to stimuli that normally should not provoke such sensations. These unpleasant sensations cannot be explained by lesions attributable to any skin disease. The skin can appear normal or be accompanied by erythema. Sensitive skin can affect all body locations, especially the face."

Treating sensitive skin

After understanding whether or not you have sensitive skin, learning how to treat it is crucial. Treating skin sensitivity isn't a short-term solution. Rather, it's a long-term one that may change over time.

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Before following a routine, or trying a product, it's important to consult with your doctor or dermatologist to understand your skincare needs.

However, the following are tips and ways to help sensitive skin:

  • Use fragrance-free hair and body products.
  • Make sure you keep your skin moisturized.
  • Protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen.
  • Take your time and allow your products to absorb into your skin when you're layering.
  • Use a calming face mask once or twice a week.
  • Shower in lukewarm water.
  • Use products with fewer ingredients.
  • Avoid touching your face.

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The right way to try new products

If you're in the sensitive skin club, trying new products can be frightening. What if it causes a reaction or makes your eyes puffy? It's possible, that's why you need to test it out at a smaller scale.

When you have a new product, be sure to patch-test it. A patch test can be done by applying the product on your inner arm or an area on your face. If possible, allow it to run its course overnight.

Check for a reaction in the morning. If you don't react, the product is safe to apply. If there's a bad reaction, don't use the product anymore and treat your skin gently until its completely healed.

Another tip for new products is to introduce them slowly. For example, if you want to begin using a new face serum, mix a small amount into your moisturizer.

Gradually implementing new products will help you understand whether or not you'll react. It'll also give your skin time to adjust to the new product.

Bottom line

Sensitive skin can be difficult to deal with because you're unsure of what your skin will react to. Although your skincare needs may change over time, learning the basics will ensure your skin feels good at all times.

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