- While dry sensitive skin can occur at any age, it is particularly prevalent in babyhood and older age. At both stages in life, skin is thinner and the barrier function less effective, which can lead to a pH imbalance and increased water loss. Baby skin is especially likely to become sensitive in skin folds, and around the intimate area. Read more about skin in different ages.
- Hormonal changes due to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, puberty and the menopause can all affect skin’s resistance to irritants. In pregnancy, for example, it is common for stretch marks to form, becoming reddened and sore.
- Different skin conditions can be accompanied by sensitivity to irritants, including Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) and dry skin.
- Similarly people who suffer from type I allergies are likely to also experience skin sensitivity, due to the penetration of pollen through the skin.
Sensitive body skin Understanding its causes, and how to protect it
Dry sensitive skin is easily irritated by environmental triggers, making it even more sensitive. It requires more than gentle cleansing and moisturising to become less sensitive.
Cleansing dry sensitive body skinMany cleansers are so effective they clean away not only the dirt on our skin but also the hydrolipid film that protects it. Look for products that contain mild surfactants and ingredients that help to restore skin’s optimum pH. It can also be a good idea to avoid products that contain irritants such as colourants.
All the cleansers in the Eucerin pH5 range contain our unique pH Balance System with Citrate Buffer and extra mild surfactants to help restore skin’s optimum pH. The formula has been clinically and dermatologically proven to be ideal for daily use on dry sensitive skin. It protects skin from drying out (even with frequent washing), supports long-lasting moisturisation and leaves skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.
For all over your body: Choose from Eucerin pH5 Washlotion, Eucerin pH5 Soft Shower, Eucerin pH5 Shower Oil and Eucerin pH5 Soap-Free Bar.
For your hands: Try Eucerin pH5 Soap-Free Bar or Eucerin pH5 Handwash Oil.
For your intimate area: Try ucerin EIntim-Protect. Formulated with skin’s own Lactic Acid, it has a pH value of 4.5 (the same as the female intimate area) and also contains Bisabolol known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
For dry sensitive skin on your scalp: Try Eucerin DermoCapillaire pH5 Mild Shampoo.
When choosing a moisturising product for dry sensitive skin, it isn’t enough to ensure it is free of irritants. The product needs to actively work below the surface of the skin, stimulating skin’s own regenerative processes and natural defenses.
Look out for products which include Dexpanthenol, an active ingredient known for its regenerative properties, and Citrate Buffer, which restores and supports skin’s natural pH.