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Sensitive Skin – An Introduction 

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Have you ever wondered what causes sensitive skin?

While nearly everyone will deal with skin sensitivity at some point, only a small portion of the population has it as an innate trait. For these individuals, experiencing sensitization is often a reality throughout their lifetime. However, most people may suffer from temporary instances due to external factors such as extreme climates or harsh products and treatments.

Individuals with naturally sensitive skin, as well as those who have recently undergone a chemical or laser peel treatment, will likely experience heightened sensitivity in their dermis. As such, it is critical to practice caution when caring for the affected area and restrict any treatments that may further irritate the delicate skin.

For people with food allergies leading to itchy, red eyes, they might assume that the issue is skin-related and take extra care when selecting eye products. Whether you’re only dealing with temporary sensitivity or have experienced it your entire life – precaution should be taken. With the proper care and attention, any irritation can be reduced for a more comfortable experience overall.

Who is prone to sensitive skin?

An astounding number of individuals globally suffer from skin sensitivity – far more than we ever realized. In the 1980s, only 30% reported they had sensitive skin, but now in this new century that percentage has grown astronomically to an estimated 50-70%. A dermatologist based out of Los Angeles even remarked that it could be as high as 70%, showing a drastic increase in those with delicate complexions.

Why are an increasing number of people becoming more prone to sensitive skin issues?

One of the more prominent theories for this epidemic is environmental pollution, a thinning ozone layer, and food that has lost its nutritive properties. All these factors have left our immune systems in bad shape. But we must not ignore the fact that mankind’s largest generation ever is now reaching their 50s and beyond – an age when consistent sun exposure has begun to show its consequences.

It’s not just those of the Baby Boomer generation that are claiming skin sensitivity – all generations are prone to it due to overexposure to UV radiation, stronger prescription drugs like Accutane, and overuse of exfoliants. Post menopausal skin specifically is thinner, slower-healing, and more easily irritated. To stay safe from harm or irritation caused by any of these factors, we should be proactive in caring for our skin through proper sun protection and informed use of treatments such as Hydroxy Acids or microdermabrasion.

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