OK, by now if you’ve been paying attention to your daily habits, the foods you eat, the personal care and skin care products you use and the environments you are in, you may have a better idea of what things will trigger a skin rash or inflammation. If you have sensitive skin like mine, you need to be on top of your face care game like no other. you will know that it’s not just just the change of seasons when your skin is affected. However when it comes to Winter, anyone can experience problematic skin. Here are some of the most common causes of sensitive skin. Do any of these seem to fit your situation? If you’re not sure, get some help from a dermatologist and see what you can come up with.

Allergies

are a very common cause for sensitive skin. Sometimes even food allergies can trigger skin outbreaks. If you think this may be the cause of your skin problems, you may find it helpful to get allergy testing. You can read more about this at our common allergies and symptoms page.

Genetic factors

Genetic factors can also play a role in sensitive skin. Do a lot of your family members have skin problems? Research has shown that fair skinned people tend to develop sensitive skin more often than people with darker complexions.

Poor digestion and food assimilation

Poor digestion can play a role in developing sensitive skin. If you have difficulty digesting your food, not only are you not receiving as much nutrition as your body needs, but also the undigested food tends to create gas, bloating and inflammation in your digestive tract. This kind of inflammation can affect many other body systems including your skin. We also all should know that once we eat too much sugar, then the immune system is not only weakened but pores are blocked causing break outs!

Sluggish elimination

Sluggish elimination can cause skin problems, as the toxins that need to leave the body aren’t able to be released through the digestive system, so they are more likely to erupt through the skin. If you have poor digestion or sluggish elimination, but are in otherwise good health, you may want to try a homemade body cleanse to help restore your body’s optimal health.

Thyroid problems

have also been known to cause skin problems. I heard a statistic recently that 25% of women have a low thyroid, and I do not know the accuracy of this figure, but I know of many people who have imbalances that cause an overactive or underactive thyroid. Some symptoms of thyroid problems include

  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Immune problems
  • Depression
  • Forgetfullness
  • Memory problems
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Low body temperature or heat intolerance
  • Heavy or light menstrual periods
  • Cold or warm hands and feet

If you have some of these symptoms, I recommend you get your thyroid levels tested. Thyroid hormones are connected with other hormone levels in the body, so you may want to check other hormone levels as well.
There are many natural healing approaches to sensitive skin care that involve modifying your diet, which is many cases can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms AND improve the health of your whole body!

Tips for Preventing Skin Eruptions

When you are having a skin outbreak, you’ll want to get better as soon as possible meaning adjusting your diet or your face care regime. If your skin reaction is severe you might even need medication to get things under control.

Do not change your skin care products in the middle of a skin eruption! Wait until the swelling and irritation has gone down. For some people, sunlight in moderation can help sensitive skin to heal from an outbreak.

Here are some suggestions which can get you started. These tips are just the beginning so please research further if you have already tried these or you’re already aware!

  • Filter your drinking water and your shower and bath water, to avoid absorbing the chlorine. Believe it or not, for some people, this completely clears up their skin problems!
  • Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids which can be found in organic, cold pressed oils and fish. Walnuts, flax seeds and salmon are good sources. I couldn’t even believe the changes that happened to my body when I started eating Salmon and replaced crisps for walnuts. I find that even eating plenty of these foods, my sensitive skin needs more. It’s not easy to find a good source of pure oils that are not contaminated. I use Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil which is the purest and most affordable of the quality fish oils I’ve found. Getting enough Essential Fatty Acids in your diet will make your skin soft and healthy from the inside out!
  • Increase your intake of raw vegetables and fruits, or supplement your diet with enzymes to reduce inflammation and improve digestion. If eating raw veggies isn’t very appealing, try juicing or making green smoothies … blender drinks with water, 60% fruit and 40% fresh greens. These are delicious!
  • Consider supplementing your diet with probiotics (friendly bacteria) to improve digestion and elimination, or with foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut which contain beneficial bacteria.
  • Avoid sugar and alcohol which deplete the immune system and create inflammation in the body. These are never helpful when you have skin problems

Once your skin is on a more even keel again, you can experiment with making some adjustments in your daily face care routine to see if this helps prevent future skin outbreaks.

When you are dealing with breakouts, apply your make up for when you feel you need too i.e. for work, a dinner date, seeing friends etc… but when you come home, take it off instantly, I’m going to share my routine with you which has worked absolute wonders. I have time of the month, I eat sugary foods now and then so I do break out around my mouth – but even though it’s important to eat healthy, this routine for my skin is a blessing from the heavens when I am breaking out:

  • Steaming the face – have you ever been to the doctors with a flu or have wanted to unblock pores? You may have read a lot online and seen the word “steaming” a lot, be sure to do this with a complete clean face otherwise it won’t work. Try not to use just hot water. I boil my kettle, wash my wash basin first then apply some vic to the bottom of the bowl. I then fill the bowl with the water from the kettle and put a clean towel over the bowl. I take this to the largest space I’ve got with the floor, and I kneel down and place my head under the towel trapping as much air as I can. DO NOT DO THIS STRAIGHT AWAY! I doubt you wouldn’t last very long anyhow because one, it would burn you and the vic would be too much. So if you feel it’s too hot, let some steam out from under the towel – but make sure you put your head under when the water is still hot but not scorching. You will know when the water is hot enough when it’s not burning you, but you can feel steam dripping down your face. This is absolutely amazing for opening airways i.e. that’s why doctors and people recommend it because it clears mucus, airways and other flu nasties. It’s opening your pores and cleansing all that dirt that’s been locked away, so this is a great way to start tackling break outs that are not budging.
  • Coconut Oil – this stuff is insane. If you can’t face eating it or cooking with it, at least use it for face application. This is so important when taking a look at face care issues because coconut oil is one of the most hydrating  foods on the earth. The more raw and organic you can get it, the better. Twice a week, I always apply this from the jar onto my face before I sleep. I don’t massage it in, I just let the product sit there and let the skin absorb itself. You can never go wrong with coconut oil, I have never experienced a reaction or irritation from it and therefore I recommend if you’ve got sensitive skin and you just can’t find a sensitive skin moisturiser, then apply some coconut oil! I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t do any harm as a daily application, but I just feel it’s so hydrating their is no point in wasting the product! It’s my weekly skin care treat that’s for sure.

As you can see, the two methods I use are used at least once a week and I feel a thousand times better when I just take half an hour, to have a hot shower and then to steam my face and really nourish my skin from the outside. I believe that we are what we eat and I feel this is mostly the cause to skin problems as we create our own skin cells, but what we apply definitely helps if we are dealing problematic skin.

Tips for Preventing Skin Eruptions (2)

Here are some tips to help you avoid the ingredients that are most irritating for problem skin. If you have hypersensitive skin, or very dry sensitive skin, I recommend you most definitely should avoid all of the skin care ingredients below. Sensitive skin care doesn’t necessarily always mean simplicity in what you’re applying products. This is because people require different strengths for their skin, so it’s always important for you to try for yourself to see what best suits your skin, this is just an overall safe guard.

  • Avoid using products with added fragrance. Fragrance is one of the top five allergens and contains many chemicals which are toxic to the body and to the brain. Most skin care and personal care products, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and cleaning products contain synthetic fragrance. Yes, I know that that is a lot of work, to check the ingredients on all the labels of everything you use! After a while this will become second nature for you, and your sensitive skin will appreciate the care you take to create a more non-toxic lifestyle. Not forgetting that your skin absorbs every single chemical you apply – you will probably only realise this when you start to age.
  • Avoid formaldehyde-based preservatives which can cause sensitive skin reactions. Some examples include DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15.
  • Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (also know as SLS) which is irritating to sensitive skin and especially to hypersensitive skin. SLS is a foaming agent found in most shampoos and many other personal care products including facial cleansers toothpastes. Read our list of other skin care ingredients that cause inflammation.
  • Avoid botanicals or essential oils, which can also cause allergic reactions even though they are natural. Choose truly hypoallergenic products that are free from botanicals and from allergic or toxic chemicals.
  • Not all hypoallergenic products are alike, and in fact I was shocked to learn that MOST of the brand name, well known hypoallergenic product lines actually contain ingredients that can cause skin rashes, skin irritation or other health hazards.

Their are a tonne more ingredients to learn from for individual face care routines, I’ve moved over to LUSH as I have only got fairly sensitive skin, more suitable to an English Rose. Therefore I don’t react too bad to a new product. I hope you enjoyed this article and let me know in the comments below what you have purchased in order to tackled your skin problems!