4 At-Home Treatments for Sensitive Skin

shutterstock_173815652If itchy, irritable, and burning skin plagues you on a daily basis, you might have sensitive skin. Millions of people are affected in some manner by this condition, many of whom don’t even know they have it. Sensitive skin can be uncomfortable, but there is much you can do manage it. If you have sensitive skin, try some of these suggestions to balance your skin and relieve discomfort. For personalized help, schedule an appointment and talk with Dr. Matarasso.

Do I Have Sensitive Skin?

One of the best ways to tell if you have sensitive skin is to talk with a dermatologist. Dr. Matarasso would be happy to take a look at your skin and address any problems or concerns that you may be facing. Frequent blushing, flushing, and skin redness may be a sign of sensitive skin. Other potential signs include bumps, pustules, and very dry skin.

Not All Sensitive Skin is Created Equal

Sensitive skin is a broad term that can stem from a variety of different causes. Many people assume that all sensitive skin should be treated the same, but in reality you need to find the skin care regimen that works best for you. As you look at products pay attention not just to the “sensitive skin” label, but also to the specific skin condition the product focuses on (acne, rosacea, dry skin, etc.).

Find and Treat Underlying Conditions

Some skin conditions like rosacea and eczema are associated with sensitive skin. We can treat these conditions helping you to find relief. Often little changes to your skin care routine can lead to big results for your skin. For example, in the case of eczema, Dr. Matarasso might recommend moisturizing products, lotions, anti-inflammatory treatments, allergy treatments, phototherapy, or even prescription medications to relieve symptoms. There is much we can do to help you manage your systems and achieve the skin of your dreams.

Look for Natural Products

People with sensitive skin often have a difficult time finding products that don’t aggravate their delicate skin. Many people find that natural skin care products are less irritating to their skin. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests tea tree oil as a natural solution for acne, but cautions that natural moisturizers like coconut and avocado may lead to break outs.

Try These at Home Beauty Treatments for Sensitive Skin

Oatmeal and Milk Scrub– Mix equal parts oatmeal and milk together (generally a tablespoon or two is sufficient). Apply to your face and gently rub in circular motions for about a minute. Wash off using cold water. This sensitive skin scrub will gently exfoliate and brighten skin.

Fruit Mask– Mash fresh seasonal fruits (strawberries, bananas, etc.) with honey for a delightful mask that looks and smells good enough to eat. Try using your favorite fruits!

Yogurt Mask– Applying a plain yogurt to the face as a mask is a simple way to reinvorgate your skin. Use a cotton ball to rub yogurt over the skin and let sit for a minutes. The cultures in the yogurt may help dissolve dirt and dead skin cells. Yogurt is an effective at home anti-aging and acne fighting treatment for those with sensitive skin.

Ice Cube Rub– For a gentle toner, try rubbing an ice cube over your skin. This technique works well for shrinking pores and dealing with early morning puffiness around the eyes. Best of all, ice is something most of us have in our freezers every day.