Hello Lovelies & welcome to a new post about Sensitive Vs Reactive skin. A lot of times most people confuse the two, I know for sure that I have. So I thought it would be great to write a post about it. Hopefully, this will give someone clarification about their skin type.Sensitive skin is referred to skin that readily experiences adverse reactions or unwanted changes in response to external factors, such as cosmetic or pharmaceutical products or regular toiletries. Cosmetics, soaps and other substances often produce irritation and the skin may burn very easily in the sun.Sensitive skin is often very youthful in appearance and may be compared to the skin of babies and young child. It is often fair, delicate and almost translucent with scarcely visible pores and can be dry and fragile. It reacts strongly to both heat and cold, becoming dry and taut to such a degree that it is painful, with redness, blotches, and itching. Rubbing shoulder straps, elastic and garment seams can cause redness,Skin sensitivity can be experienced as inflammation, redness, tightness, itching, burning, spots flaking, scaly patches, bumps, etc.It is important to distinguish between reactive skin and sensitive skin.Reactive skin can experience any of the abovementioned occurrences, but it will do so inconsistently, it will not react to the same product or ingredient, in the same way, each and every time it is used. It may react once and never again, whereas skin that is considered clinically sensitive will respond predictably the same each time a specific ingredient or product is applied.How is my sensitive?The skin reacts sensitively when the stratum corneum is damaged and products can penetrate directly into the deeper layers of the epidermis and or dermis. In addition, the skin bacterial flora, it’s own chemical components, and or its antigens substances that stimulate an immune response may react with a product’s chemical components and cause a sensitivity reaction. The chemical composition of each person’s skin varies, therefore one person might react sensitively to an ingredient while another may not.Factors that cause skin sensitivity:Climate and ambient pollution levels combine with the skin’s own chemistry can produce a chemical reaction and chemical products that then react with the ingredients in a cosmetic product, leading to a sensitivity reaction by the skin.Sensitive skin is highly complex and difficult to resolve, possible reasons for skin sensitivity may include
- a sensitive nervous system in the skin that has an enhanced response to otherwise minor skin stimulation.
- Strong immune responsiveness consisting of high antibody respond
- A defective barrier function that permits rapid penetration of ingredients into the epidermis and dermis and that rapidly activates the sensory response.
- Ingredients that can most often cause sensitivity are fragrances, preservatives, and some chemical sunscreens.
It is important to note that an ingredient may not be sensitizing as a rule, but that given individual’s skin maybe is sensitive to that particular chemical. However, an ingredient can be sensitizing if most individuals react to it with sensitivity. Sensitivity reactions are very complex and depend on the individual who experiences them.Tips for care and regime: Use only the gentlest oils, such as chamomile and rose. It is advisable to dilute the essential oils much less into carrier oil than the usual, as essential has been known to cause irritation, redness and flaking on some sensitive skins.Light lotions and creams are best for sensitive skins in preference to heavier ones. Carrier oils such as sesame and grapeseed oil are best for massage. Toner should be alcohol-free. Pure natural cosmetics of exclusively vegetable origin are the safest.Anti-inflammatory and anti-irritation ingredient products that are botanical derivatives such as but limited to Chamomile, licorice root extract, Aloe Vera are a few to consider incorporating in your skincare.