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What causes sensitive skin? The truth revealed

Treat allergy-prone skin properly by first finding out what causes it in our guide.


By Cleanipedia Team

woman moisturising arms after shower for sensitive skin treatment

If your skin is easily irritated, chances are it’s sensitive. From eczema to dermatitis, there are many impacts this sensitivity can have on your skin. Before you can treat it, you need to know what causes sensitive skin – and that’s where we come in.

If you’re baffled at what’s causing your skin allergy symptoms, keep a diary of your flare-ups and start cutting out potential triggers.

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Identifying causes of sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be caused by many factors – your health (both physical and mental), the environment around you (weather and pollutants) and your lifestyle (diet and exercise).

Here are a few common questions to ask to help you identify the cause of your sensitivity:

Could you have allergy-prone skin?

If you notice your skin reactions are more common after contact with certain ingredients or products then it’s likely to be the result of allergies. Those with allergy-prone skin may find triggers in any of the following groups:

  • Chemicals in products. Sensitive skin can be irritated by certain ingredients in cleansing and household products, such as laundry detergent.
  • Air pollution. If you live in a city with terrible air pollution, this could be the cause of your irritation.
  • Foods and ingredients. Some people experience skin reactions from eating anything from dairy to caffeine.

Can stress cause sensitive skin?

If you experience skin allergy symptoms during busy periods at work or when things are a little more tense in your personal life, it’s probably not a coincidence. Stress can actually affect your skin and cause flare-ups of a number of conditions. Take steps to relax and reduce stress and see if your symptoms reduce. This could be as simple as ensuring you get a full night’s sleep every night or joining daily meditation.

Is your skin allergy due to weather changes?

Why does skin complexion change with the seasons? A lot of people suffer from seasonal skin changes because fluctuations in temperature and humidity can impact our skin’s health and hydration. The most common season change breakouts occur at the start of winter as cold weather can dry skin out – but it’s not the only possibility. Excessive heat and allergens like pollen can also cause irritation during warmer months.

What sensitive skin treatment should you try?

The first step in treating sensitive skin is speaking to a trained dermatologist. They’ll be able to properly diagnose your condition and give you tips on how to treat it.

In the meantime, here are some quick things you can do to help:

  • Find a laundry detergent for sensitive skin with our guide.
  • Swap products containing harsh chemicals for natural alternatives.
  • Add more plants to your home to keep the air moisturised.

Once you know what causes your sensitive skin, it becomes a lot easier to properly treat it. So, be sure you get to the root of your problem before you try tackling it - trust us, you’ll save a whole lot of time.

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