Sensitive facial skin – Understanding its causes and how to protect it

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Reactive hypersensitive facial skin is more common in women than men, and may be related to cosmetic practice and age, and goes along with an increased transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Symptoms occur after applying products to skin and may be experienced immediately, or be noticed hours or days later. These unpleasant sensations have been subjectively described as, among other things, stinging and burning, and can be accompanied by redness (erythema), scaling and pustules. Using products with very few, well-tolerated ingredients is key to reducing the impact of this condition.

Ageing skin is also prone to sensitivity, as thinning of the epidermis and reduced lipid synthesis can result in the barrier function being compromised. Declining levels of substances like Hyaluronic Acid, which hydrates the skin’s layers, and coenzyme Q10, which energises cells to improve their regenerative function, then exacerbate this situation. The result is a combination of fine lines and wrinkles with dry, reddened skin, and itchiness.

Facial skin can be affected by sun allergies. These share some symptoms with sensitive skin, including redness and itchiness, but also manifest as raised bumps, rashes, blisters and pustules. While most sun allergies, including Polymorphous Light Eruptions (PLE), are caused by UV radiation, ingredients of cosmetic products can be a factor, too. Find out more about PLE and other sun allergies or how sun affects skin.

DexpanthenolGlycerin and pH5 Citrate Buffer are present in the Eucerin pH5 Sensitive Skin range. In clinical studies, these products were proven to strengthen skin’s natural protective barrier, providing excellent efficacy and tolerability, even on pre-damaged skin. Eucerin pH5 Skin-Protection Cream and the richer Eucerin pH5 Skin-Protection Cream F are suitable for sensitive skin.

Gluco Glycerol is the hero ingredient in the Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE range of moisturisers. The formula intensively and long-lastingly hydrates the skin making it smooth and supple. All products have been tested on, and proven to be compatible with, sensitive skin.

Coenzyme Q10 is the active ingredient in the Eucerin Q10 ACTIVE range of moisturisers. They work to reduce the depth of wrinkles and restore firmness. The antioxidant effect of Q10 helps to prevent the formation of new wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity.

The Eucerin Lipo-Balance face moisturiser has been specially formulated to give instant relief and long-lasting nourishment to sensitive skin that feels tight and is very dry. It contains Ceramide-3 and Biotin to restore skin’s hydro-lipid protection layer and to leave it smooth and supple.

Some products can help reduce symptoms, and conceal them too. This can be particularly helpful when sensitive facial skin is hypersensitive and accompanied by redness (erythema). Eucerin Anti-REDNESS Concealing Day Cream Tinted SPF 25 is a daily moisturiser with green, redness-neutralizing pigments, which lessen the appearance of redness. These pigments are combined with Licochalcone A, an active ingredient with skin-soothing properties.

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