EXTERNAL FACTORS THAT CAUSE SENSITIVE SKIN
- Cold and wind: Cold air, especially when windy, dehydrates you more than usual and can increase your skin sensitivity.
- UV-radiation: Exposure to the sun, even in small amounts, can damage your skin’s natural barrier.
- Over-cleansing: Cleaning too vigorously and too often can strip your already delicate skin, particularly if you use regular soap that isn’t pH balanced.
- Clothes and jewellery: Irritants which exist in clothing and jewellery can irritate your skin. This can come from nickel in jewellery, washing detergent, or synthetic clothing.
- Dirt and pollution: Pollution in the air sticks to your skin and can irritate and weaken the skin’s natural barrier, leaving your skin feeling sensitive.
- Certain Skincare Products: Artificial perfume, dyes and harsh chemicals are all known to irritate skin. Choose the right skin care products for skin sensitivity, such as those formulated specifically for sensitive skin.
INTERNAL FACTORS THAT CAUSE SENSITIVE SKIN
- Age: Those who are very young or old generally have thinner skin – meaning the nerve endings in their dermis are more susceptible to damage.
- Stress: Regardless of the source, stress throws your hormones into chaos and can reduce your skin’s ability to maintain and repair its natural barrier.
- Hormonal Changes: Pregnant and menstruating women release hormones that can cause breakouts and skin sensitivity. Hormonal teenagers can also experience this.
- Allergies: While skin sensitivity and allergies are not necessarily the same thing, there may be certain products, foods or pollens that make your skin extra sensitive.
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