According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 50% of the US population experiences some form of sensitive or sensitized skin leading to chronic redness and inflammation. The right products can help you combat redness while you calm, soothe and treat sensitive skin. Here are 3 possible causes of this annoying irritation.
SENSITIVE SKIN CAUSE - 1
Skincare Products - Using the wrong products or using products excessively can take a toll on your skin. Avoid those with added fragrance, dyes, sulfates or other harsh or drying ingredients and stick with skin soothing products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Powerhouse anti-agers like retinoids, alpha and beta hydroxy acids are best left alone if you're experiencing any skin sensitivity.
SENSITIVE SKIN CAUSE - 2
Overzealous Skincare - Too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. Over-cleansing and over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, tight and irritated. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser once daily before bed and simply splash lukewarm water on your skin in the morning before patting dry. When skin has calmed down you can reintroduce a gentle exfoliant like an AHA but don't use it more than once a week and steer clear of anything that feels scratchy or grainy.
SENSITIVE SKIN CAUSE - 3
Environmental Factors - There are many environmental factors that are out of your control like extreme temperature changes and pollution but there are others that you can work with. Your skin will fare better if you shield it from the sun, stay away from spicy foods, minimize your alcohol consumption, alleviate stress and avoid chlorine and other harsh chemicals. By doing so you'll help keep your skin barrier strong and better able to protect itself.
And for products that can help....
SKIN SAVER - 1
Glytone Rosacure Kit ($98) is a 3-step clinically proven trio of products formulated to reduce the redness, stinging and itching of intermittent-to-permanent redness. The kit contains a Cleansing Milk, Calming Tonic and Cream Gel.
SKIN SAVER - 2
SkinCeauticals Gentle Cleanser ($34) gently cleanses, soothes and conditions sensitive or traumatized skin. It's formulated with orange oil and allantoin so it's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and protects against damaging environmental factors. Also ideal after in-office procedures.
SKIN SAVER - 3
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($15) is clinically proven to visibly reduce redness and soothe irritated or sensitive skin. Ingredients include calming Feverfew and a broad spectrum SPF 15 to protect from further environmental damage.
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Eau Thermale Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream ($32) targets the cause and source of itching, redness and irritation. This 100% sterile skin care restores the skin barrier is ideal for very dry skin and skin prone to atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Skin Saver - 5
Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20 ($45) is a new facial primer with a sheer green tint to neutralize redness. It's formulated with UltraCalming Complex to quiet irritation, protect from UVA/UVB exposure and even out your skin tone, giving you a smooth base for a flawless makeup application and longer wear.