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  • Writer's picturePat Browne

WHY IS MY SKIN SO ITCHY?

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

Experiencing a feeling of itchy or burning skin is undeniably uncomfortable. The urge to scratch is almost irresistible but you know that will only make it worse.

There are many reasons that your skin itches, they can include an allergic reaction to a lack of moisture or simply having extra-sensitive skin. We need to understand why your skin is itchy to provide possible relief.

If you have sensitive skin, you will be familiar with its discomfort — rashes, redness, inflammation, dry patches, and more. Unfortunately, more and more people are experiencing sensitive and itchy skin every day. If you are one of them, this article is for you.


UNDERSTANDING SENSITIVE SKIN

Skin is your barrier from the rest of the world. It is meant to provide protection from outside irritants, harmful bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants.


Sensitive skin occurs when the skin over-reacts to external stimuli. It is more likely to be a problem for people with thin skin, which explains why fair-skinned people are more prone to it.


One reason for sensitive skin is a disrupted skin barrier, which leaves the skin poorly protected against irritant substances. Another reason may be having overly responsive nerve endings in the skin. Overly dry skin can also damage the skin barrier function, causing or worsening skin sensitivity.


Whatever the reason, people with sensitive skin need to adapt their skin routine and habits to prevent flare-ups.Sensitive skin can quickly become itchy, swollen, and develop red patches or hives. Some common skin issues associated with sensitive skin are:

CONTACT DERMATITIS: a skin reaction to certain substances such as soaps, cosmetics, plants, chemicals, or jewellery. It typically presents as an itchy rash or red bumps that usually resolve after a few days or weeks. Identifying the triggering substance and avoiding further contact is essential.


ECZEMA: eczema leads to dry and itchy patches on specific skin areas. Triggers can include harsh weather conditions, dryness, contact with certain substances, or emotional stress. For mild cases, gentle moisturizer can help to soothe it, but if it becomes too itchy, your dermatologist may prescribe topical corticosteroids or other medications. If you suffer from eczema, focus on maintaining consistent moisturization.


ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN


1. AVOID FRAGANCES IN SKINCARE PRODUCTS Fragrances provide a pleasant scent to your skincare products, but they often cause irritation in sensitive skin. 2. MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN DAILY Keeping your skin moisturized is crucial for preserving its integrity. When your skin lacks moisture, it loses lipids from its protective barrier, potentially leading to increased sensitivity.

3. USE GENTLE CLEANSERS OR SYNDETS Conventional soaps typically contain soap-based surfactants that remove oil and dirt from your skin. But they can also remove components of your acid mantle (uppermost layer of your skin barrier) and damage your skin's microbiome (beneficial microbes that help to keep your skin acidic and healthy). Syndets and specific cleansers are designed to clean your skin while respecting its integrity.


4. USE LAUNDRY SOAP DESIGNED FOR SENSITIVE SKIN Residual chemicals in clothing can trigger allergies or dermatitis. Use laundry soaps designed for sensitive skin and avoid fabric softeners. 5. PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN UV radiation is a significant external stressor for the skin, causing sunburn, dark spots, and skin aging. For those with sensitive skin, sun exposure can worsen irritation and lead to permanent hyperpigmentation. Always use broad-spectrum sunscreen and shield irritated skin from UV rays.

6. INNOAESTHETICS PRODUCTS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

INNOAESTHETICS has a specific product line for sensitive skin. The line includes professional products for in-office use. There are also very effective home-use products specifically designed for sensitive skin.


If you have sensitive skin, apply some of these tips and don’t let skin sensitivity let you down.


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