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Redness, flaking, itching, dehydration, stinging, burning and swelling are just some of the effects that sensitivity can have on the skin.  It is uncomfortable to say the least and for many it's a condition they find difficult to hide. Some types of skin sensitivity include eczema and rosacea.  These can range from mild to severe conditions and it is recommended that for more severe problems you visit a dermatologist for a thorough skin consultation.

Rosacea is a poorly understood skin disorder that can have an appearance similar to acne. The cause is unknown but it is a condition that is becoming more common. It usually appears on the nose,cheeks, chin and forehead. And it is best described as a condition where the skin flushes with redness intermittently and breakouts and dilated capillaries are often associated with it.

Eczema is a general term that encompasses all forms of dermatitis:Atopic dermatitis is the most common and is when the skin doesn't produce enough oils so it can't naturally protect itself. Skin is dry, red, itchy and inflamed.

Some people are even born with sensitive skin.  Their skin is reactive to many external factors and they go red very easily.  This is generally more of a hereditary condition.

The best treatment approach for more sensitive skin types like the above is to keep it  simple, avoid triggers such as fragrances, soaps, heat and (as always) avoid stress and use good skincare!

The most effective skincare ingredients to look out for are rose, chamomile, calendula and oat extracts. Rose is hydrating and repairing on a damaged skin barrier while chamomile and calendula are soothing and repairing. Oat extracts are anti-inflammatory, healing and have amazing anti-itch properties.  These ingredients are found throughout the entire NAT. Restore range.

It's important to be aware that the majority of people who say their skin is 'sensitive' are really only experiencing sensitivity to one or two environmental/external factors. For example, one of the most common causes of sensitivity is artificial fragrance.  These can be found in soaps, body washes, moisturisers, make-up, sunscreens and fake tans etc.  The chemical composition of these fragrances irritate the skin and can cause stinging, burning and redness.  So if somebody knows that they react to artificial fragrances all they need to do is avoid it when they use it on their skin.  It is best to use natural plant extracts that fragrance a product rather than artificial ingredients.

Other causes of sensitivity are pollution (asia has high levels of skin sensitivity due to their high pollution levels), weather (there are more cases of sensitivity when people are exposed to cold/dry weather and central heating), soaps and SD alcohol to name a few.  So the next time your skin feels irritated you should question what is causing it and avoid that in the future.

The main treatment for these skins is to ensure that the cause of the problem is avoided and that the barrier of the skin is kept hydrated and protected to avoid sensitivities in the future.

So we hope that this sheds some light on a very complicated subject.  Let's hope it helps you to understand why your skin behaves the way it does and what you can do about it so that there will be less skin emergencies in the future.