Why is my skin so sensitive?

So what are the factors and why do more and more people suffer from sensitive skin?

Could it be the change in our environment, pollution, dirt and dust or even hard water?

Or are we just so stressed out by technology never giving us a moment to catch our breath in our burnt out generation?

The hormones that are affected by stress can cause the skin to slow down, if this continues for long enough it will mean that your skin WILL NOT maintain and repair your barrier as quickly as it should. This can then lead to your skin becoming more sensitive.

It’s common to have sensitive skin in pregnancy. Skin conditions that you may have suffered with before you were pregnant may become worse.

Genetic factors also can also play a role in sensitive skin. Do a lot of your family members suffer with skin problems?

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Factors to look for when it comes to sensitive skin

- Very dry skin which doesn’t properly protect nerve endings

- Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea or allergic contact dermatitis

- Changing your products too often can affect the PH balance of your skin, or if you use too many different products

- Using products that contain a lot of chemicals, artificial fragrances and perfume

- Out of date skin care that you only use for special occasions can lead to irritation and leave your skin more contaminated

- Poor hygiene

- Drinking too much alcohol

- A lack of sleep

- Over washing and exaggeration from scrubs and exfoliants

- Excessive exposure to skin damaging environmental factors such as; the sun, wind or excessive heat or cold

- Lots of regular air travel which can dry out the skin, which therefore leads to the skin becoming sensitive

- Air conditioning

- Poor diet, food intolerance

- If you have been unwell (your immune system isn’t working at its best)

- Thyroid problems have also been linked to skin problems such as overly sensitive or dry skin

- Polycystic ovaries

- Sluggish elimination can cause skin problems as the toxins that need to leave your body aren’t able to be released through the digestive system, so they are more likely to erupt through the skin

- Certain medication and sometimes after an operation with anaesthetic can cause your skin to become dry and overly sensitive 

You are what you eat

Eating a healthy diet is good for your entire body, but getting the right vitamins and nutrients can also benefit your skin.

If you are suffering with sensitive skin, you should try to eat foods rich in B vitamins, which can help to relieve dry and/or irritated skin.

You can take a daily B-complex vitamin, but you should also try to get some of your B vitamins from the foods you eat. Foods rich in B vitamins include salmon, mackerel, tuna, sunflower seeds, almonds, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

Foods to avoid

  • Gluten

The protein in wheat, barley and rye, called gluten, affects sensitive skin. If you think eating gluten could be impacting on your sensitive skin, opt for gluten free products instead.

  • Dairy

Milk proteins (whey and casein) can aggravate allergies, particularly eczema.

Scan ingredient lists for milk, non-fat milk solids, lactose, cheese, casein and whey to make sure you are not getting milk protein from products other than dairy items.

Drink almond, rice or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.

  • Additives

Artificial colours and some preservatives can have a negative impact on sensitive skin. Try to eat foods that are close to nature, avoiding canned, frozen and ready meals. Watch out for colouring added to yoghurt and sweets. In addition to causing skin conditions flare-ups, these additives can cause headaches, fatigue and attention problems.

  • Soya

People with sensitive skin may find that soya can creative hives or rash flare-ups. Blushing too easily is another symptom of intolerance or possible allergy to soy.

It’s important to note that some manufacturers add soya to many foods, even breads and canned tuna. Avoid soya milk, soya beans, meat substitutes and tofu if you think you have sensitivities to soy.

I will be writing a seperate article on food intolerance and the impact it can have on your skin. What you put into your body reflects on your skin, so it's important to always be aware of what you are eating and how your skin is reacting. More on this to follow...