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How to Manage Sensitive Skin

The term ‘sensitive skin’ is an umbrella term for a range of problems and conditions such as psoriasis, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, sensitivities to particular substances, redness, peeling skin and pimples. People with sensitive skin report persistent irritation and itchiness that beyond posing an esthetic problem, these symptoms have a negative impact on their quality of life.

Is sensitive skin chronic?

No, not necessarily. Some people are affected during transitional seasons or extreme weather conditions. Stress tends to trigger sensitivities for some people, making their skin sensitive only during times of stress. After undergoing cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal or deep peeling, skin can become more exposed and vulnerable. In these instances, skin should be treated as sensitive, and skincare regimens should address these new needs.

What is the difference between sensitive skin and transient allergies?

Allergy – An allergic reaction (irritation, swelling, redness) to a specific ingredient – for example, an allergy to strawberries. As soon as someone allergic to strawberries eats or touches strawberries, they develop an allergic reaction, whereas they will have no reaction if they are not exposed to them.

Sensitive skin – There are countless potential skin irritants from specific substances to changes in weather or even clothing. People with sensitive skin should only use products specially formulated for sensitive skin.

What’s special about products formulated for sensitive skin?

The process of developing products suitable for sensitive skin is highly regulated. A great deal of attention is paid to choosing ingredients that meet the needs of the most sensitive, vulnerable skin. Skincare products for sensitive skin contain select, pure, fragrant oils that do not cause irritation. In contrast, products that are not hypoallergenic contain about 100 various ingredients.

Are strictly natural or organic products suitable for sensitive skin?

Skin sensitivity is not affected by whether or not a product is organic or natural. Skin that is sensitive to a particular substance will be sensitive to it even if it is organic.

What’s the difference between hypoallergenic testing and testing for sensitive skin?

Both test for skin irritation following use of the product. Sensitivity testing is considered more stringent because it is conducted on people with known skin sensitivities. Hypoallergenic testing is conducted on a randomly selected group.

Tests are administered by research institutions approved by the Ministry of Health under the guidance of a dermatologist. Upon test completion, products are granted official approval by the Ministry of Health, and sensitivity testing is registered in the product’s licensing. The general cosmetic license is then converted to a specialized cosmetic license. Only products that have undergone testing for sensitivity, which have been approved by the Ministry of Health, can state on their packaging that they are formulated for sensitive skin. Many companies claim that their products are formulated for sensitive skin. Read packaging closely to ensure that it has indeed been tested for sensitive skin.