Truth In Aging, August 25, 2016
If you feel like you’re constantly struggling to soothe skin issues, you’re not alone: Dermatologists report seeing an increase in skin complaints with age. Things is, not all sensitive skin types are created equal — nor should they be treated the same. Whether yours is reactive, blotchy, breakout-prone or tight and dry, learn how uncover your healthiest complexion ever here.
Your skin is… blotchy and bumpy
If your complexion is characterized by blotchiness, blood vessels, bumps and enlarged oil glands, then you likely have rosacea. The chronic condition occurs when blood vessels swell and draw blood closer to the surface, causing flushing and rough texture. Symptoms usually appear after the age of 30 and affect around 16 million Americans, according to the National Rosacea Society. Specific triggers differ for everyone, but some common ones include stress, cold weather, wind, spicy foods, and the use of certain products. The good news: Proper care can help keep flare-ups in check.
Your skin is… reactive
You may be allergic to a certain ingredient(s) found in topical treatments. When your immune system responds to something it doesn’t agree with, it can cause a host of skin issues, such as red bumps, hives or flakes. Some common offenders include artificial fragrance, alcohol or astringents and parabens, but it’s also important to note that your skin may be sensitive to natural ingredients as well. If skin freak outs are persistent, research from the University of Vienna and University of Southern California San Francisco shows they may be linked to a genetic abnormality in the skin barrier function.
Calm irritation with an over the counter cortisone cream. Products with soothers like bisabolol, chamomile and aloe vera also help and feel wonderfully cooling on contact. Also, consider seeking out proven alternatives to potentially-irritating ingredients. A study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that bakuchiol is clinically-proven to mimic the anti-aging effects of retinol but with less sensitivity. Try it in Ao Skincare Repair Night Cream.
Your skin is… prone to breakouts
For many women, as they age, hormonal changes—combined with stress, lack of sleep, diet, and a wide range of products—affect their skin. According to Health, sensitive skin types are particularly susceptible to blemishes because they’re naturally prone to inflammation. Consider certain situations or products you’re using around the time pimples pop up. If you’re consistently prone, it’s possible that your current regimen might be throwing off your skin’s pH balance and causing your sebaceous glands to go into overdrive.
Your skin is… tight and itchy
You may be experiencing extreme dryness. When moisture levels become too low, skin can start to lift and cause itchiness. If dry skin becomes scaly and irritated, however, you may be experiencing an eczema flare-up. The top layer of skin acts like shield that seals in hydration and protects deeper layers of skin when working properly. Those prone to eczema suffer from a faulty barrier that allows water to easily escape, leading to extreme dryness and bothersome rough patches.
Avoid harsh detergents commonly used in face cleansers and soaps, as they break down the natural lipids in skin, and only wash your face with cleanser once a day. Layer on creams with ceramides and peptides to repair the skin barrier, as well as humectants like hyaluronic acid to draw in moisture. Finish with an antioxidant-rich serum to boost skin’s defences.
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