Whilst not an official term used by dermatologists, ’sensitive skin’ is an umbrella term used to describe anybody with allergic or reactive skin, being more prone to conditions such as eczema or hives. All skin can become sensitive under certain conditions. Learn more about what triggers this and what the most common skin conditions are.
There are many possible causes for this break down in the protective barrier of your skin. Lack of moisture, which can be caused by cold weather, air con or central heating, chemicals such as cleaning products or washing up liquid – can weaken this protective layer.
Once this protective barrier is compromised, then nerve ends under the surface are exposed to any irritants and chemicals with which you come into contact. This is when you will experience a reaction – redness and stinging, or blotchy break outs for example.
Your skin can also come under attack from within, thanks to hormones. At certain points during life – puberty, pregnancy, pre-menstrual or maybe just when you are stressed – hormones can cause skin to react – again with redness, dryness and general sensitivity.
To protect your skin from potential triggers, there are many products available nowadays, which are free from allergens, specially designed for people with sensitive skin and eczema.
Talkeczema has really great directory section on its website where you can find recommended products.
Allergy UK also provides excellent information and guidance for various allergic problems including eczema.
The National Eczema Society provides more specific help and support.