Sunday, 24 November 2013

Beauty: Keeping your sensitive skin in check

I have a very sensitive skin which means I always need to be extra careful not only with my diet & lifestyle but also with the products I use on my face. As many teenagers I used to have major problems with blemishes and I have tried so many treatments from a set of injections that left my arms numb for weeks to topical creams, natural remedies, and medicines. You name it I`ve tried it. Finally I have found a really good dermatologist that gave me a treatment that I still use even today. However everyone is different so if you suffer from acne or sensitive skin I definitely recommend a trip to the dermatologist that can put together the perfect treatment for you.

1) Antibiotics

Antibiotics are definitely something you need to check with your doctor before taking. My dermatologist prescribed me a Roaccutane treatment when I was around 16 that helped to kill the bacteria and dramatically improved my skin. 

2) Diet & lifestyle

Having sensitive skin means that you need to be extra careful with your diet & lifestyle. Staying away from fatty, oily, diary, & sugary foods is a must. No fast food, fizzy drinks, or overdosing on croissants. I`m usually pretty good at staying away from fast food but I have a very bad sweet tooth. Which means regular visits to my second closest friend: the dentist.

Stress is another factor that can affect your skin and although it`s easier said than done, try to find activities that relax you (and no, that doesn`t mean trips to the fish & chips shop) and are good for your body e.g. yoga, reading, and my favourite: sleeping.

3) SPF & moisturizing

Protecting your skin against the sun is extremely important for everyone and especially if you have sensitive skin. I use every day SPF cream even in winter and my favourite is the one from La Roche Posay that I have used faithfully since I was 16.
la roche posay spf lotion

The antibiotics I used when I was a teen left my skin very dry which means I need to always moisturize. Brands like Clinique, Clarins, & Avene have great moisturizing creams for sensitive skin. I`m currently using the Clinique intense moisture surge.
clinique moisture surge intense

4) Scarring

I think I was lucky to start my treatment quite early so I managed to avoid scarring.  If you do have blemishes you need to be extra careful not to touch them as this might lead to scarring. I also use a medicated, vitamin enriched skin cream and this one here from Japan called Yu-be is my favourite. 
yu be moisturizing cream

However, if you do suffer from bad scarring there are a number of clinics that offer acne laser treatments

But as I said everyone is different so the best thing to do is to consult your family doctor or dermatologist. It definitely saves you a lot of time and money spent on treatments that just don`t deliver the results you`re hoping for. 

Do you have sensitive skin, what are your top tips?

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  1. I don't have sensitive skin but I take good care of it though as we all should, great advise. :)

    1. thanks Launna! I agree it`s important to take care of your skin no matter if it`s sensitive or not :)