Sensitive Skin Has To Be Carefully Treated
Sensitive skin is simply skin that reacts easily to very common irritants, such as fragrances, dyes, oils, lanolin, soap, alcohol, propylene glycol, and preservatives. Sensitivity can affect any skin type. The signs include redness, itching, burning, or bumpiness that develop after product use. (Contrary to popular belief, foods rarely cause skin sensitivity.) Many Indian women have skin that becomes easily irritated and dry in reaction to various common over-the-counter products. For Brown-skinned women, having sensitive skin can be especially troubling because the irritation may lead to pigmentation problems or the development of dark or light marks.
The good news is that some women who think they have sensitive skin actually don’t. Your sensitivity may actually be explained by other skin conditions, such as eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, which can be treated. If you suspect you have sensitive skin or if you’re not sure, consult a dermatologist. If in fact you do have sensitive skin, you’ll have to be especially careful about what products you use on your skin and how you treat it. Here’s what to avoid or use on sensitive skin only under a doctor’s direction:
To protect your sensitive skin, shop for products and makeup with labels that say “alcohol-free,” “fragrance-free,” “hypoallergenic,” “sensitive skin,” or “noncomedogenic.”
Wash once or twice a day with cleansers that are free of alcohol, lanolin, propylene glycol, and fragrance.
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