Facial skin conditions

People with sensitive skin are prone to itching, redness and irritation when using toiletries and cosmetic products. The type of skin these people have are thin layered and fine textured and because of this, they easily react to temperature changes making them prone to sunburns. People with sensitive skin can easily develop allergic reactions from various sources.

Sensitive skin care and management

Sensitive skin can not be treated, but it can be properly managed. The rule of thumb for people with sensitive skin is to use mild, hypo-allergenic and non-toxic skin care products only. Cleansing soaps and products that contain strong detergents and fragrances should be avoided; consider using mild cleansers instead. Cosmetics that contain alcohol, antibacterial agents, alpha-hydroxy acids and deodorizing agents can irritate sensitive skin; these products should also be avoided. Old, spoiled and water-proof skin care products also need to be avoided. Application of Sun screen 30 SPF should be done everyday, especially if exposed under the sun for more than 4 hours. Skin dryness can also irritate sensitive skin, application of glycerin or petroleum containing moisturisers can accelerate the process of the dry skin and is to be avoided at all costs. Sensitive skin are able to be treated and are most often misdiagnosed by the client.

Diet for people with sensitive skin

Eating a healthy and well balanced meal is good for the skin. People with sensitive skin can benefit a lot from food products that contain B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12 and biotin. Food items that contain these vitamins include whole grains, oatmeal, fish, eggs, almonds and low-fat dairy products.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a term that is used to describe a variety of chronic skin conditions. Eczema is a recurring skin rash, characterised by inflammation of the epidermis, the outer most layer of the skin. Eczema makes the skin feel extremely itchy. When it is scratched the skin then becomes red and irritated, sometimes swelling may be present. Eczema is a non-contagious condition, but it tends to run in families. It is more commonly seen in children and babies. Sometimes, exposure to certain substances like certain types of cosmetics can trigger an eczema flare-up.

Care and management for Eczema

There is no cure for eczema; people with this condition can modify their lifestyle to suit the special needs of their skin. Preventing inflammation is the first priority of eczema care, knowing the specific triggers and avoiding them at all times is very important. The most common irritants include household cleaners, detergents, lotion, soap, shaving cream, gasoline and solvents. Skin that’s frequently wet can become irritated, dry wet skin areas every after wash. Wear clothes made of cotton or cotton blend, wool and synthetic fabrics can irritate the skin. High stress levels and extreme temperatures can also trigger eczema flare-ups.