The Pierre Fabre epidemiology research department conducted a survey in 8 European countries (285 M people). The results showed that:
• This issue affects both women and men.
• Nearly 100M people are affected.
• More than one in 3 people claim to have sensitive skin.
• 66% of people claiming to have sensitive skin have an underlying skin disorder.
Several factors are involved:
- Using ill-suited cosmetic products
- Environmental factors: pollution, wind, sun…
- Lifestyle: Stress, tobacco…
• Dehydrated sensitive skin: Tight skin and discomfort act as reminders
• Sensitive dry and very dry skin: The skin’s key protective functions are weakened, small lines appear…
• Sensitive skin, slightly combination or oily: Small shiny areas on the wings of the nose and the top of the cheeks appear…
• Skin sensitive to the environment: The smallest upset bothers it and causes it to react.
The first step is to reduce or avoid, whenever possible, factors that trigger this sensitivity.
- Use cosmetic products specifically formulated for sensitive skin
- Avoid irritating and drying cleansers.
- If hard faucet water bothers your skin, use gentle, no-rinse products and following cleansing, spray a fine mist of thermal spring water on your skin.
- Select products that are as neutral as possible: Minimum number of ingredients, no alcohol…
- Do not use products containing certain key ingredients known to be irritating.
What is sensitive skin?
Whatever your skin type, specific factors might trigger or lead to oversensitivity: Your skin reacts strongly when you’d rather it didn’t…
- Naturally sensitive skin: Your skin is thin, light, often a little dry; its top layer might get scaly, it flushes easily (maybe the beginning of couperosis)
- Reactional sensitive skin: Cold, sun, wind, ill-suited cleansers or moisturizers “hurt” your skin. Your skin might react strongly to a peeling or a laser procedure.
- Occasional skin sensitivity: Skin disorder such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea acne…. These situations can increase your skin sensitivity
SENSITIVITY FOR EACH SKIN TYPE
- Dehydrated skin: Pulling and discomfort.
- Dry to very dry skin: Weakening of protective functions, fine lines appear,
- Combination to oily skin: Small shiny areas around the nose and the upper cheeks.
- Environmentally sensitive skin: Immediate reaction to the slightest upset.
Sensitivity and sensitization
Sensitivity or intolerance, a matter of degree…
Make the difference : Sensitive skin and sensitized skin.
- Sensitive skin: Your skin pulls, itches. It reacts strongly to wind, cold, ill-suited products, harsh cleansing or hard water. Sometimes this sensitivity becomes exacerbated: The skin doesn’t experience any relief from standard cosmetic moisturizers. It can’t stand anything. It becomes allergic. It starts to itch, pull, gets red and scaly..
- Sensitized skin: Certain intolerances to cleansers or moisturizers are in fact true allergies responsible for eczema or urticaria. Consult your physician to find the cause of this allergy.