“Sensitive” Skin

 

Sensitive skin types need particular attention since they are physically different from a “normal skin” type.
For example, sensitive skin types react to aggravations that “normal skin” wouldn’t react to.

Some cases of sensitivity though are caused by a compromised immune system. Allergies, food sensitivities or digestive issues, illness and medication can cause a compromised immune system. These sensitivities are usually a side effect and they are temporary.
 
Anatomy of Sensitive Skin
The skin is composed of 3 main layers:

  • The epidermis, which is the outermost layer.
  • The dermis, where the glands, blood vessels, nerves and other very important bodies are located.
  • The subcutaneous layer, which is the fat layer that separates skin from muscles.

The top layer of the skin, the epidermis, is what separates the nerves, blood vessels, and other very important bodies that protect us from the elements.
The thinner the epidermis is, the less protection we have. For example, in some cases when you can see a lot of “redness” it means the epidermis is not thick enough to “hide” capillaries and veins.
 
Here you can see the difference in width of Thin epidermis vs. a Thicker epidermis. (courtesy of Baileybio.com)
 
 
Crazy!!!

The important point is that we need to protect and soothe sensitive skin since it has a very low threshold for pain and damage. Sensitive skin ages significantly faster too, so it needs extra care.
 
The good news is that there are amazing treatments and homecare products out there that target sensitive skin.  If you have any questions about treatments and skin care for sensitive skin types dont hesitate to contact me. Sensitive skin can get under control!