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Hypersensitive Facial Skin Understanding the Sign, Symptoms and Causes Plus the Skin Care Available

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest


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Causes & Triggers

Causes and triggers of hypersensitive facial skin

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While symptoms differ from one individual to another the common denominator for all hypersensitive facial skin sufferers is the ongoing tingling, stinging, burning or similar sensations. Some people experience dryness or pimples as well, while others are prone to redness (Couperose-prone or even Rosacea).

These visible and non-visible symptoms can be triggered by a range of internal and external stressors. Again, these differ from person to person but there are common reactors that have been known to exacerbate the condition. These are:

Environmental factors such as dramatic temperature changes, extreme hot or cold, wind, sun or atmospheric pollution. Increasingly bad air pollution, especially in urban environments, has been blamed for the growth of reports of hypersensitive facial skin conditions.

External factors. These tend to be chemicals or harsh cosmetic ingredients that irritate the skin, such as certain cleansing products, fragrances, unsuitable detergents, excessively calcareous water, baths, showers and swimming pools. An increase in people reporting allergic reactions over recent years has raised awareness of the need for 'pure' or '0%' cosmetics and detergents - those containing only a limited number of ingredients.

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Psychological factors like stress, anger or intense emotions can trigger hypersensitivity as can hormonal factors such as the menstrual cycle.

Mechanical factors that put pressure on the skin can damage the already impaired barrier function, activating underlying sensory fibres.

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Skin care solutions for hypersensitive facial skin

"Hypersensitive" is not a permanent skin type, but rather a skin condition that can be brought back to normal. It doesn't have to be a burden. It simply needs special, proactive skin care.

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To successfully care for hypersensitive facial skin, it is important to address all three features of hypersensitive skin (collectively termed the Hypersensitive Skin Triangle):

  • Barrier defects. Hypersensitive skin is characterised by a compromised skin barrier and is therefore more prone to irritations.
  • Hyper-responsive sensory fibres. When skin is sensitive the sensory fibres in the epidermis react faster and stronger than in normal skin, triggering unpleasant sensations.
  • Redness. Internal and external factors can trigger an increase in the level of stress of the skin causing redness.

The impaired barrier can be improved by regular moisturisation to counteract the trans-epidermal water loss and prevent skin drying out. Moisturisers for hypersensitive skin should contain only a limited number ingredients to reduce the chance of intolerance and allergic reactions and, to protect the formulas from oxidation, they should use anti-contamination packaging.

For redness-prone skin Licochalcone A, a natural anti-inflammatory and anti- oxidant, quickly calms skin irritations and visibly reduces redness.

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