Sensitive Skin: What’s Your (Skin) Type?

Sensitive skin is a catch-all term for skin that has a lower tolerance to topical products, such as creams and cosmetics, and to external conditions such as the weather. This skin type may react in a multitude of ways- from itching, to swelling, to redness. Most often, skin sensitivity is nothing to worry about, but ensuring that you are taking care of it and recognizing what it reacts to can reduce discomfort. A 2019 study found that 60-70% of women and 50-60% of men reported having sensitive skin. So, if you experience sensitive skin, you are not alone!

Possible Signs of Sensitive Skin

  • Flushing and blushing
  • Persistent redness/broken capillaries
  • Acne-like rash of bumps 
  • Facial swelling
  • Photosensitivty- often characterized by harsh and quick sunburns
  • Blistering
  • Tingling
  • itching

The most important thing you can do if you experience these symptoms of sensitive skin is to uncover what triggered them. Was it a blisteringly cold gust of wind that caused a rash? Was it a specific skin cleanser or cream that led to redness? Perhaps an underlying skin condition such as eczema or rosacea? The list goes on. Keep track of the patterns that occur in your skin, so when you speak to a professional they can work with you to find the appropriate solution. Generally speaking, maintaining a gentle skincare routine that does not strip the skin of its natural lubrication is key. This means avoiding harsh exfoliants and acids such as salicylic acid,  glycolic acid, and retinol. Instead, using niacinamide, a polyhydroxy acid, a gentle cleanser, and a light moisturizer can minimize skin irritation.

In terms of skin treatments, more tailored and personalized treatments would be the way to go for those with sensitive skin. The Divine Pyramid Facelift has treatments that target each of the layers of the skin. These treatments can be used separately or in combination with each other, leading to tighter, smoother, and younger-looking skin, without irritation.