Sensitive Skin: A Guide for Adults And Children

Sensitive skin can cause you many problems. Of course, there are a variety of different reasons why your skin may be sensitive — everything from severe conditions of eczema and psoriasis to allergic reactions and irritations. However, there are a few things you can do to help you handle your sensitive skin more effectively. With that in mind, here are some of the things you can do or consider trying. Let’s hope they help you handle yours or even your child’s sensitive skin better.  

Sensitive Skin Guide for Adults and Children

Take a look at the products you are using

Sometimes sensitive skin can be caused by products you use consistently. Perhaps without realising, they are the culprits. They may cause red rashes or itchiness or just generally find yourself feeling irritated. If you notice this occurring try and pinpoint the trigger. A great tip is to look at the ingredients of the products you are using and try not using certain ones on certain days. Sometimes there are hidden factors in products we use daily that we think are good for us, but contain one thing that doesn’t agree with our skin. Which then leads on to the problems. This should help you determine if your current skincare routine is causing the problem. 

Try different techniques

If your sensitive skin is caused by a condition. For example, eczema or psoriasis, then considering different treatments could help ease the sensitive skin. A great idea would be to speak to a health professional and allow them to recommend either a medicated product or something similar that you can try. They may also be able to offer up the best way to apply an eczema emollient cream to ensure that you can start to see the benefits of using it. Heading to a pharmacy could also help as places like this offer different options to help treat the sensitive skin and make things easier. 

Consider what you are washing your clothes in

On occasion, our sensitive skin affects our whole body and not just our faces. This is when you may need to think about some of the other causes that may be making things sensitive. Your washing powder is one of the biggest causes of sensitive or irritated skin. Especially as your clothes rub close to your skin all the time. If this is the case, then consider an alternative brand or something that is non biological. 

Consider your diet and the food you are eating

Food is another cause of sensitive and irritated skin. It’s hard to believe, but sometimes our bodies can react to different foods. Some of the biggest offenders being ingredients like dairy and gluten products. Again it might be a process of elimination to determine if certain foods are causing your sensitive skin to occur. But once you start to decipher what isn’t agreeing with you, then you may start to notice a swift change in the appearance and feel of your skin. 

Try medicated products

Another thing you could do would be to try some medicated creams or bath solutions. Mostly these are prescribed to you by your doctor. If a problem persists and you can’t find any reason as to why then head to your doctor and see what they say. Sometimes the medicated cream can tackle the symptoms of sensitive skin clearing things up for you after some time of using the products. 

Use SPF Creams

The last consideration would be to make sure you always protect your skin. If you have sensitive skin, then the sun and heat could irritate it further. Using a high SPF cream on your skin will protect you from harmful UV rays. Protecting your skin needs to be high on your agenda, especially if you expose your skin to the sun for long periods of time. 

Baby Sensitive Skin

Helping children 

Of course, it is so much easier for us to help ourselves. We can make conscious decisions about what we do each and everyday, but our children who perhaps struggle with sesinitgiev skin or issues such as eczema need us to help them. Children can often not be aware of the foods they eat, or the ingredients that are contained in certain products that they use or that you apply to their skin, so as a parent you have a responsibility to try and find out things like the above and take actions to help them feel better about their skin. However, there are some other precautions that you can take, and here are some suggestions that are specific to children and with them in mind.

1.    Avoid Irritants 

For most children, household items are irritants. As adults, we are used to skin allergies such as perfumes and dyes that are found in a lot of products like soaps and detergents. If anything, we are likely to be much more resilient. It is hard to get rid of every irritant in the house, but it makes all the difference. Switching to hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products will effectively relieve eczema. You may also want to consider washing your clothes separately to to your children if you think that there is an issue and specific products may need to be used instead. 

2.    Food Allergies

You might not be aware of it, but a lot of people have food allergies. We have already mentioned about how intolerances can be the cause of issues with adult skin problems. You might not go into shock or anything as dangerous as that when it comes to food allergies. Nonetheless, it can still have an effect on your child’s body, like a rash or eczema. If you are aware of any food allergies your kids may have, check all their meals just in case any make it through the cracks.

3.    Buy A Good Cream

Avoiding eczema is the first step. Yet, at times it seems almost impossible to avoid. The next step is to try and help the kids be as comfortable as possible. There are a few ways to do it, like having a bath instead of a shower, and using specific ingredients in the bath to help soothe any irritated skin patches. But the best course of action is a good quality cream. Creams should add moisture back to the skin that rashes take away and reduce irritation in the process.

4.    Gloves And Mittens 

Talking about irritation, scratching is the epitome of irritation. Scratching can lead to quite harmful things such as scarring and infection, which is why kids need to keep their hands to themselves! But, as all parents know, you cannot watch them every second of every day. You can, however, try your hardest to make it stop. Scratch mittens and gloves are a great tool. Even if they do want to scratch, they cannot get through the gloves and make a mess of their skin. Mittens and gloves sound extreme, but they are just a safety precaution. 

5.    Avoid Overheating

The temperature of your home can make eczema worse. It is important to dress your kids in light and breathable clothing, so they don’t overheat. Plus, heavy fabrics can add to the irritation, and that encourages more scratching. 

6.    Medication

We all have medication lying around the house. We even use medication without thinking about it because we are so used to them. For example, you wouldn’t think twice about popping an aspirin for a headache. Some of these medications can act as a catalyst for eczema, though, so again check the bottle before use.

Let’s hope these tips and guide helps you handle yours or your child’s sensitive skin more effectively. 

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