Dec 19 , 2019
Which came first sensitive skin or inflamed skin? Is your skin inflamed because it’s sensitive or is your skin sensitive to certain ingredients because it’s inflamed? It’s a mystery that’s very difficult to determine.
Allergies vs Sensitivity
First things first, an irritation, aversion, or intolerance is NOT the same as an allergy. An allergy affects your immune system. If it’s a mild allergy it can cause symptoms like sneezing, a rash, and congestion. If it’s a sever allergy, with only minor exposure, it can cause swelling, difficulty breathing and cause you to go into anaphylaxis. Severe allergies can be life threatening and require medical attention. The only way to conclusively determine if something is a sensitivity vs an allergy is to go to a doctor to have an allergy test.
My Skin Hates Certain Ingredients
Sensitivity to certain ingredients is extremely common. When you become sensitive to something you avoid it, like the plague. It only takes one bad reaction to something before you swear it off until the end of time. So back to the original question, is your skin inflamed because it’s sensitive to an ingredient or are you sensitive to an ingredient because your skin in already inflamed? I have rosacea, it comes and goes it desires and its hella annoying because when my skin is inflamed because of the rosacea almost anything that I put on my face will irritate it even more. Literally anything, even things that I use all the time. On the flip side, when I use products that have a lot of ingredients in them it makes my rosacea flare up. There’s no winning, you can be affected on both ends. This is why I started a skin care regimen that doesn’t have a lot of man-made ingredients. The switch has reduced the frequency of flare-up and anyone with rosacea know that once rosacea starts it takes weeks to get it under control and this girl does not have time for that.
Reduce Inflammation & Combat Sensitivities
It’s no mystery that I’m a lover of natural ingredients and try to limit products that are man-made as much as possible, especially on my face. Identifying what sets your skin off is hard to do, mostly because most products have so many ingredients in them you can’t pinpoint the culprit. But when something sets your skin off you know because it almost certainly rears it’s ugly head by inflaming your skin. You know it all to well, redness, tender, burning or itching. So how do you combat skin sensitivities? And I use the word combat because it truly is a battle for your skin where only one can emerge victorious. Luckily there are ways to help manage the inflammation without having to resort to harsh chemicals.
Here are a few ingredients that can help reduce inflammation
- Bamboo: Bamboo is high in silica and minerals, anti-inflammatory that helps relieve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, acts as a gentle exfoliant. >> Explore Products
- Bentonite Clay: Bentonite Clay removes toxins from your pores, reduces scarring, and reduces inflammation. >> Explore Products
- Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is a colorless, odorless, non-greasy oil that is most similar to the hair’s natural sebum. It balances oil production at the scalp by helping to prevent the sebaceous glands from over-producing oil which can cause clogs pores. The ability to keep your pores clear helps prevent inflammation. >> Explore Products
- Lavender: Lavender is the holy grail of beauty product ingredients. Lavender has the ability to hydrate and soothe skin and reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes. When used in hair care products, Lavender has the ability to balances oil production, controls hair shedding, and encourage hair growth. Lavender is known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties I beauty products. >> Explore Products
- Marjoram: Marjoram has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to balance the skin by preventing wrinkles and acne due to the high-level of antioxidants. >> Explore Products
- Neem: Neem reduces scarring, prevents skin from drying out, repairs dry skin. Dry skin can lead to irritated and inflamed skin. >> Explore Products
- Peppermint: Peppermint offers preventative anti-inflammatory benefits by controlling sebum production. Reducing sebum production helps reduce oiliness which reduces the chances that your pores get clogged. The ability to keep your pores clears helps prevent inflammation. >> Explore Products
- Tumeric: Tumeric has many healing benefits for the skin. Known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and antioxidant benefits, turmeric is great for soothing redness, irritations and inflammations on the skin. >> Explore Products
- Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel is a powerful astringent, that removes germs, reduces inflammation, and tightens pores. >> Explore Products
Severe skin conditions should seek medical attention. However, mild conditions can easily be managed when you balance your skin. Look at herbal beauty products as chill pill just for your skin.