Discover what makes your skin spin.
If you have sensitive skin, it can be extremely frustrating to determine exactly what triggers it.
What triggers a torch for you may not be a trigger for another person with the same problem, making it difficult to find a possible solution.
However, there are some common factors that are known to cause skin changes. If you know what this is, you can find out what makes your skin worse and stay in control of your skin.
Our skin functions as an excretory system to get rid of things that our bodies disagree with. So what we eat has a huge impact on how our skin behaves.
Some known food intolerances are dairy products, eggs and nuts. However, the list is really endless. For example, fermented foods contain histamine, which can cause eczema, urticaria and psoriasis.
We recommend that you keep a food diary to determine your own intolerance.
When we are stressed or tired, our natural defenses are low and this can lead to flare-ups. This is because the hormones affected by stress can slow down the skin. Over time, your skin's natural barrier will not do its job properly and may become sensitive.
If this is a trigger, look for ways to relieve stress and relax. Meditation, yoga, or reading a book can help reduce stress. And make sure you get as much sleep as possible.
Fluctuating hormones in a woman's menstrual cycle often cause monthly outbreaks and make the skin more sensitive. Taking a vitamin B-6 supplement at this time can help regulate hormonal imbalances.
However, your hormones may be out of balance by something else. For example, stress, the pill, or an underlying health problem. If you think your hormones are turned off easily, it's worth talking to your family doctor.
Cold air and central heating in winter and sun rays in summer can dehydrate our skin and make it more prone to breakouts. Then there is the daily dirt and pollution that is absorbed by your skin's natural barrier.
If you adjust your skin care routine slightly to the seasons, you can combat the effects of the elements. And remember to clean at the end of the day to prevent makeup, dirt, and grime from clogging.
Chemicals that can irritate your skin are often found in perfumes, cosmetics, skin care products and even in clothing.
Make it a habit to check labels and packaging to know what you are using on your skin. Retinol and glycolic acid are well-known skin care products. However, there may be a certain ingredient that your skin does not respond well to.
Keeping a skin diary is a great way to see what is unbalancing your skin. Read our other blog post to find out how.
Developing your own sensitive skin triggers is not easy, but we hope this helps you discover yours.
If you want to talk about your problems with sensitive skin, we are always there for you.