Understanding Hypersensitive Skin


Does your skin often become irritated? Does it easily turn red, and do rashes often appear? If so, you may have hypersensitive skin. There are tell-tale signs of having hypersensitive skin. Most of these signs are noticeable to the naked eye and can be felt on the skin. There are varying reasons for hypersensitive skin, some of which may lead to different skin problems. 

General Signs and Symptoms

Unpleasant sensations and visible reactions, in general, are the signs of hypersensitive skin. Hyperresponsiveness of the skin leads to irritations which commonly appear as rashes, redness of the skin, burning sensation, itchy skin, swelling, tenderness, bumps and blisters, dryness, cracking, and scaling skin. Therefore, symptoms will vary depending on how your skin reacts to various factors.

Triggers and Causes

Causes and triggers can either be internal or external. Our body reacts differently to food, substances, the environment, and even psychological factors. Thus, having hypersensitive skin doesn’t automatically mean one’s immune system is frail or that there is an underlying disease. However, genetics play a huge role in the composition of our skin and how it reacts.

Having a food allergy is one of the most common causes someone may encounter symptoms of hypersensitive skin. Other external factors include perfumes, alcohol, detergents, and various cleaning products. Another cause may also include tap water that is high in mineral content. To some, an allergic reaction is almost immediate and certain. 

Triggers from the environment include heat, sun, sudden temperature changes, the cold, and wind. Prolonged sun exposure, for example, results in sunburn causing the skin to change to various colors. Darker skin tends to have a higher tolerance to sun exposure. For psychological triggers, intense emotions such as anger, depression, and stress may cause various symptoms. Stress, for example, is closely associated with acne.

Treatment and Solutions

One must understand how their skin reacts to the triggers and causes. As mentioned earlier, everyone’s skin reacts differently, even those within your own family. Yet, hypersensitive skin doesn’t have to be a burden. Knowing the solution accompanied by prevention is the key to staying away from adverse reactions.

 First, find out which triggers are causing your skin to react. Discover which foods you may be allergic to and avoid them. Some food allergies are hard to identify. Seek help from your doctor to properly identify any food allergies. This can be done by taking an allergy skin test. Also, you may want to consider taking anti-allergy medication with you wherever you go.

Second, be mindful of the perfumes and cosmetics you wear. If you are going to try something new, be gentle with the application and observe.  In addition, consult with a dermatologist if you do suffer from hypersensitive skin.

Third, equip yourself with the right solutions for sudden and unwanted breakouts. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy creams work differently depending on the type of skin reaction. And, some of these creams also require a prescription from a doctor. For an all-organic, all-natural skincare solution that hydrates and rejuvenates the skin, check out our Baobab Passion Nourishing and Hydration Starter Trio.