More than half of women have sensitive skin especially acne prone skin. Many women use products that are harsh and irritating not knowing they are making the skin inflamed. Find out how sensitive you might be and learn how to help the touchiest skin keep calm and carry on.
You may have sensitive skin if…
- A new moisturizer or cleanser, causes your skin to itch, burn, sting, or turn pink.
- Acne products make your skin red and inflamed. The pimples that make an appearance on your face are more like giant cysts than regular zits.
- Your skin is parched and no amount of moisturizer seems to satisfy it.
- A strong gust of cold wind is all it takes to irritate and sting your skin.
- Your nose and cheeks often get flushed and tingly, but you are certain it is not a sunburn, (you applied sunblock, you swear!).
Many girls with acne do not realize that they have sensitive skin. Using potent acne products can actually make the skin irritated and it tends to break out more. The skin thinks it needs to produce more oil when using intense drying ingredients. You need to treat the skin with delicate sensitive products to help balance the oils, avoiding irritation. Your best bet is to try a formula labeled “sensitive skin” with no fragrance. Instead of using harsh alcohol-based products, use products that contain Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel kills the pathogenic bacteria that cause you to break out and will work in the same way as alcohol based product while being gentler on the skin.
Dryness: How to Heal
Another factor that can make the face feel sensitive is dryness, especially this time of year. In the fall, the temperature drops practically overnight, heaters go on, the light changes- it’s a whole new environment that can really exacerbate sensitive skin. In lower humidity you lose your skin’s bubble wrap, which are the lipids that make up its protective barrier. Your skin is more likely to crack and leave small nerve endings exposed during this time. These are the reasons you feel itching, tingling or tightening of the skin. This is the time to step up your moisturizer to a more sophisticated one. The best moisturizers to use are those with Nuero-Peptides in them. I recommend using a lipid serum as well as the Nuero-Peptide moisturizer. Lipids naturally protect the skin and are intensely hydrating. Apply an eye cream that will help boost collagen around the delicate eye area. Using a good sensitive eye cream is also very important for dry skin. Our Ultra Firming Eye Cream helps to hydrate, boost collagen and depuff the eyes.
With all sensitive products make sure you look at the labels and see that they are made specifically for sensitive skin types. At The Rouge we have professional skin care experts to help you determine what products work best for your skin type. You can make an appointment Tuesday through Saturday to have a consultation to see which skin care program is right for you!