Sensitive and reactive skin

Pharmaflorence advises you: If you frequently suffer from itchy redness, the solution to find relief is to discover the substances or agents responsible for these reactions and eliminate them from your daily routine. To achieve this, it is often helpful to keep a diary in which to note when and where these skin manifestations occur. In the most severe cases, it may also be important to consult an allergist to identify the triggering factors.

Reactive and sensitive skin: characteristics and causes

Sensitive, or reactive or atopic skin is an extremely widespread and unfortunately often underestimated condition. Sensitive skin is defined as fragile skin that is more prone to react (negatively) to physical or chemical irritant agents than “normal” skin. Furthermore, the hypersensitivity of the skin predisposes to the early formation of wrinkles and other blemishes typical of photoaging.

There are many manifestations, ranging from redness to the feeling of “pulling”, itching or burning skin. The reaction can occur in the event of sudden changes in temperature, wind, pollution or when the skin comes into contact with some poorly tolerated substances.

We talk about reactive skin when:

  • the skin is extremely sensitive and reacts (as can be deduced from the name) to external stimuli much more than normal.
  •  you suffer from flaking, dryness, redness and itching. There is also a feeling of tightness on the skin.

The areas of the face generally most involved are the chin, lips, nasolabial region, eyes and forehead. Probably due to the greater permeability of the skin and the peculiar thinness and fragility of the stratum corneum in these regions of the face.

The main causes of reactive skin are often to be found in the use of too aggressive products that do not respect the skin microbiota, or in hormonal alterations or external factors such as dust mites, wind and generally polluted environments.

The beauty routine that respects the skin

A so fragile and hypersensitive skin requires a beauty routine with products with a calming and soothing effect, free from aggressive ingredients.

The cleansing phase is particularly important, during which you need to focus on cleansing oils and products that do not alter the pH and the hydrolipidic film and avoid any type of rubbing. Instead of the classic cotton pads, it is better to prefer those made of bamboo fiber or a microfibre cloth, to be combined with a soothing cleansing milk or a delicate make-up remover. Gel products should also be avoided, which could leave it too dry and dehydrated, with the classic sensation of tight skin.

A fundamental step is that of the soothing tonic, which calms the redness caused by the cleansing phase. Precisely for this reason it is better to use spray products, so as not to touch the skin further,

Hydration is essential. Choose serums and creams with antioxidant and restorative active ingredients to strengthen the skin’s defenses, with a light and comfortable texture. As SOS treatments apply masks and boosters specifically formulated for sensitive skin.

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