Anyone can suffer from sensitive skin, regardless of age or gender. It showed up in my case around the age of twenty and has been back regularly since then, expressing itself Facial redness that is difficult to cover and pinching of irritated skin. In the past, the best and only way to deal with this problem was to reduce care and wait patiently for symptoms to subside. This means that from a few days to several weeks I was doomed to be uncomfortable. Fortunately, times of helplessness in the face of sensitive skin or sensitive skin are now a thing of the past.
Skin problems – how much does it depend on the protective barrier?
Research shows that more and more Polish consumers of dermatological cosmetics describe their skin as sensitive*. Most of these women experience unpleasant dryness, redness and tightness of the skin. Meanwhile, epidemiological studies show that most allergy symptoms appear on the skin, and up to 69% of allergy sufferers experience severe skin reactions.**Such as redness or burning sensation. How do we explain it Awareness of modern human skin?
Enjoy healthy skin A natural protective barrier that acts as a shield that stops pathogens and irritants before penetrating its deep layers. This protective barrier also determines the proper hydration of the skin as well as its firmness and elasticity.
Unfortunately, The natural protective barrier of the skin can be weakened by harmful factors: Environmental (eg sun and air pollution), external (eg improper care, hard water or air conditioning) and indoor (eg stress and hormonal changes). The weakening of the natural protective barrier makes the skin more sensitive, and it reacts to harmful factors, including dryness, tightness, burning and redness.
Damage to the natural protective barrier also contributes to the emergence of allergiesSkin is more susceptible to penetration and action of allergens. These allergens that penetrate the skin cause itching, burning, redness and even swelling and inflammation.
How to distinguish facial skin from sensitive and reactive skin? According to Anna Jędrowiak, dermatologist and aesthetic medicine doctor, only an allergist or dermatologist who examines us can clearly declare an allergy, and Differentiating between sensitive and allergic skin can be a very difficult task:
Sensitive skin means an excessive reaction of the skin to the influence of irritating factors, for example, dryness, low temperature, harsh cleaning agents. It can occur in any of us. In turn, skin allergy is the medical term for a condition in which an allergen causes illness – explains Dr. Anna Godroyak. – Often symptoms such as erythema, itching, burning, dryness appear in the context of both allergic and hypersensitivity. In practice, sensitive skin irritation and an allergic reaction may produce very similar symptoms, but their cause is different.
Skin allergy – how do we know it?
dermatologists distinguish There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. The latter is a narrower concept and applies only to people who have an immune reaction to an allergen – such as nickel or perfume.
sure Irritation dermatitis is more commonWhich occurs as a result of skin contact with some harmful agent (such as frequent hand washing) and which happens to every person exposed to the harmful agent for a sufficiently long time. What are the symptoms of skin allergy?
Patients most often experience itching, burning, redness, dryness and flaking of the skin — says Dr. Godroyak. – As a rule, symptoms begin at the site of direct contact with the allergen. Each skin disease has its own characteristics, which include the appearance of eruptions, their location, skin type, and subjective symptoms reported by the patient.
Comfort for sensitive skin
In the event of an allergic reaction, first of all, avoid scratching the skin, as this will not only increase itching, but also increase the area of irritation and may lead to infection. First and foremost, Dr. Anna Godroyak recommends storage Hypoallergenic moisturizing product and use several times a day.
The pharmacy offers special products that contain anti-itching agents that quickly reduce discomfort, says Dr. Jędrowiak. – If skin lesions occur, also use hypoallergenic disinfecting agents, avoiding irritants such as, for example, hand sanitizers, high temperature water. In more severe cases, a dermatologist should be consulted, prescriptions are usually needed – ointments, creams, antihistamines …
Anna Godroyak also draws attention to a more important factor – The skin microbiome, which is as important to skin health as the skin’s natural protective barrier.
The microbiome is a group of microscopic microorganisms that are physiologically present in every corner of our body from the moment of birth and play a very important role in reducing the colonization of pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus, for example, explains Dr. Anna.
That is, in order for the skin to be healthy and less exposed to allergens or pathogens, it must not only strengthen its natural protective barrier, but also restore the balance of its microbiome. Regular moisturizing products can’t help us with this. Not only that, when applied to irritated skin, it often causes an annoying stinging. The solution Dermatological cosmetics that will strengthen the protective barrier of the skin and its precious microbiome.
Today, thanks to advanced care products for moisturizing and washing, we are able to prevent frequent exacerbations of allergies and reduce the development of further allergies and the need to use medications. Such products are hypoallergenic and support the emergence of beneficial microorganisms, while reducing discomfort and the risk of bacterial, viral and fungal infections of the skin – says Dr. Anna Godroyak.
Daily care for sensitive and allergy-prone skin
For the daily care of allergy-prone skin, use products with a simple formula that not only soothe and moisturize intensely, but also It is a lipid supplement, thus restoring the natural protective functions Thus making it less susceptible to the influence of allergens.
They do all these jobs Dermatological cosmetics from La Roche Posay*** From the Tolerian lineSpecifically created for sensitive and allergy-prone skin. These tight-fitting products are odorless and alcohol-free. One of its most important active ingredients is Neurosensin (Neurosincin). this is The peptide naturally present in the skin reduces redness and relieves inflammation and associated discomfort.
The second very important component of Toleriane dermatological cosmetics is the thermal water of La Roche-Posay springs. Thanks to the high content of selenium, silicate, zinc, calcium and copper La Roche-Posay thermal water has an antioxidant effect, soothes inflammation, moisturizes and nourishes..
A moisturizing and soothing serum for daily use
Concentrated moisturizing serum Toleriane Ultra DermallergoIn addition to 0.1% Neurosensin and La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, it also contains glycerol and sodium hyaluronate to moisturize the skin as well as osmolite – an amino acid that has a soothing and moisturizing effect. La Roche-Posay Toleriane serum instantly reduces skin irritation, moisturizes it and prevents dryness, and Regular use – it also supports the rebuilding of the protective barrier.
Cream for sensitive, dry and allergy-prone skin
Toleriane Dermallergo cream Provides for irritated skin Express comfort – in just a minute****Reduces redness and discomfort caused by dryness. The composition of this cosmetics includes squalene and shea butter that protect the skin from drying, soften and smoothen the skin and support its regeneration. This cream from the Toleriane line also contains skin-soothing and calming red sage extract and an active ingredient, fermented by Sphingobioma bacteria, to help support the functions of the skin’s microbiome.
A liquid for sensitive, hypersensitive, combination and oily skin
The liquid is a lighter equivalent of La Roche-Posay cream from the Toleriane line. And like a cream, it provides irritated skin Fast relief and reduced redness and discomfort caused by dryness. Toleriane Dermallergo سائل Liquid It also rejuvenates and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier. Its light and non-greasy texture makes it ideal for the care of combination and oily skin.
Eye cream for sensitive and hypersensitive skin
The skin around the eyes is very sensitive, which is why it is so important to take care of it properly. In the case of sensitive and sensitive skin, this issue is of particular importance. Eye cream from the Tolerian line Reduces skin redness, discomfort and itching caused by dryness, and regenerates and strengthens the protective barrier. Toleriane Dermallergo Eye area It also contains an active ingredient, fermented by Sphingobioma bacteria, which helps support the functions of the skin’s microbiome. This lotion can also be used on the skin of the eyelids.
Night cream for sensitive and allergy-prone skin
Night cream from the Tolerian line It provides the skin with intense regeneration and reduces redness and discomfort associated with an allergic reaction or irritation. Toleriane Dermallergo NightIn addition to the typical components of this type of cosmetics from La Roche-Posay, it also contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and regulates sebum secretion.
* Research Facial Care Dermo Cosmetics U&A Study for L.“Orial, GfK 2020
** La Roche Posay Epidemiological Study (n = 11067) France, Russia, USA, China and Brazil
*** La Roche-Posay is a dermatological cosmetic brand that is present in up to 80 countries on all continents and recommended by 90 thousand. Dermatologists around the world. In up to 40 countries (including Poland), dermatologists recommend the use of cosmetics of this brand to their patients. The products created by La Roche-Posay support the treatment of dermatological conditions and provide the most appropriate care for sensitive skin on a daily basis. Its effectiveness is based on the thermal water of the legendary French spring La Roche-Posay, which – thanks to its unique mineral composition, high selenium content and natural pH – has soothing and calming properties and helps reduce skin hyperactivity. La Roche-Posay products have been confirmed in advanced clinical trials, and the brand is constantly deepening its knowledge about the effects of various active ingredients on the skin’s microbiome. La Roche-Posay is now a leader in skin microbiome research with an impressive portfolio of clinical trials, scientific publications, and patient surveys. In order to achieve maximum safety, the brand standards are also higher than those required by international cosmetic industry regulations. All La Roche-Posay products are allergy tested, and their simple formulas contain only the main active ingredients in optimal concentrations.
**** As evidenced by a self-assessment test, 41 subjects experienced burning and irritation on sensitive and allergy-prone skin