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What You Should Know About Sensitive Skin

What You Should Know About Sensitive Skin

While sensitive skin comes in many different forms, it’s one of the many skin conditions that millions of people deal with daily. Here are a few key things you should know about sensitive skin, and the deep cleansing facial we recommend right from our very own Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology.

Why You Have Sensitive Skin

If your dermatologist says you have general sensitivity, this likely means that your skin is more reactive than the average person’s. Your skin is probably easily irritated by a number of topical skin care products or environmental factors, like the weather. Irritation is usually characterized by stinging sensations, itchiness, redness, or burning.

Any discomfort after coming into contact with certain dermatology skin care products could indicate sensitivity to particular ingredients. However, many people experience general sensitivity as part of underlying skin conditions. Contact dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis are just a few, but they are common skin conditions that show symptoms of irritation, dryness, and inflammation.

If you experience prolonged swelling, redness, itchiness, or develop rashes, don’t hesitate to speak to your dermatologist to figure out the cause. While symptoms of general sensitivity occur as a reaction to dermatology skin care products, signs of underlying conditions happen whether you use products or not.

According to our experts at our Dermatology Clinic, located in Miami, sensitive skin has to do with the protective barrier of lipids on the outermost layer of your skin. This barrier is designed to hold onto water and moisture to keep your skin hydrated, as well as protect your skin from UV rays, heat, harsh chemicals, and wind.

People who have sensitive skin usually have a thinner and weaker lipid barrier, making it easier for water to escape your skin (leading to dryness), and for irritants to make their way into your skin and cause a reaction. Even worse, aging compromises your barrier as well. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin now, you might experience it later on in life because your barrier will become thinner and weaker over time.

Don’t be afraid to ask a dermatologist for help with treating your sensitive skin or any skin conditions you may have.

How You Can Help Your Sensitive Skin

The team we have here at our Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology recommends several products we have here on our very own online shop, as well as some services we provide. We advise you to stick to products that are fragrance-free and gentle on the skin when choosing dermatology skin care products. Keep your routine simple and select products that have a simple ingredient list.

General ingredients that you should stay away from are dyes, emulsifiers, sulfates, preservatives, alcohols, fragrance, and essential oils. Many products out there are labeled as safe for sensitive skin, but they could still irritate your skin. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to have a conversation and get personalized recommendations from your dermatologist.

Our team at our Dermatology Clinic in Miami also recommends a deep cleansing facial, particularly our Dr. Longwill Signature Facial for Sensitive skin. This deep cleansing facial is specifically to soothe fragile skin, to reduce redness, and to reduce irritation caused by sensitive skin or rosacea.

Our Sensitive Skin Facial gently cleanses, followed by a facial massage, application of an enzyme mask while under steam, soothing extractions, finishing the treatment with an oxygen mask, and sunscreen application.

Make sure to check out our website and request an appointment as soon as you can!