If your skin is prone to itching, breakouts, and/or irritation, then it's a sign that you have sensitive skin. Your skin might be susceptible to reacting more severely and frequently to irritants that do not bother people with normal or combination skin. Here is a list of common irritants and why they might cause you discomfort.
- Temperature: If you are ever exposed to weather that is too hot or too cold - especially going from one to another quite suddenly, such as when the weather is freezing but the inside of your house is very warm - then your skin might become dry and feel tight
- Sun damage: Particularly in places like Australia where the summers are quite intense, a day out in the sun with no protection might leave your skin red, blotchy and itchy. Make sure to always apply a generous layer of sunscreen, even in winter and when it's cloudy! Not only does this have a number of health benefits, but it certainly won't anger your skin as much.
- Pollution: When there is too much and excessive pollution in the air, then your pores may become clogged. This results in breakouts and acne, so make sure you stick to your skin care routine and never forego thorough cleansing.
- Wind: Weather, wind and exposure is usually the reason why your skin and lips dry out and become chapped. Make sure to not lick your lips and stay hydrated with some lip balm and drinking plenty of water.
- Pollen: Especially during springtime, all the pollen in the air will fire up both your sinuses and outbreaks! It's a common allergen so make sure you cleanse and moisturise daily, using facial creams especially so that it can act as a barrier against outside pollen.
- Medicine: Some pharmaceutical drugs can cause allergic reactions as a side effect, so be sure to always check your prescriptions to see if that might be the problem.
- Excessive cleansing: Sometimes, less really is more. Overdoing your skin care routine could dry out your features and dehydrate you. Remember to always apply facial cream each time you complete your cleansing routine.
- Household products: Perfume, air fresheners, hair products can clog your pores as they are sprayed, so they will float around and sit on your skin. Washing detergents too will often contain harsh chemicals that could easily damage your skin.
- Lack of nutrition: Not getting enough hydration, and neglecting to eat enough fruits and vegetables will no doubt have an impact on your general appearance. Stay healthy and remember to look after yourself both inside and out.
- Hormone disruption: Puberty, menopause or chemical imbalances can all influence your health and the way your skin reacts. Make sure you get plenty of sleep/rest and have a regular skin care routine to mitigate these conditions.
- Eczema: These rashes are a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that leave your skin vulnerable to germs and infections. Avoid the irritant or allergen, and try to use shampoos, creams and lotions that are suitable for eczema skin condition.
- Lifestyle: Sleep deprivation, travelling in an aeroplane, swimming in a chlorinated pool and working in an air conditioned environment can all contribute to irritating your sensitive skin. Try to avoid these factors whenever possible, and do them in moderation.