Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin products are a large and a fast growing segment of the skin care market. Characterized by symptoms such as stinging, burning, itching, and tightness, sensitive skin is a problem for people of all races and ages.

As discussed in an article in the June 2000 issue of Postgraduate Medicine (107:7; 70-77), there are several diseases that may make a person more likely to have sensitive skin. These are allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, comedogenic acne, eczematous dermatitis, papular or pustular acne, dermatitis around the mouth area, and rosacea. Treating the previously mentioned disorders is the first step to managing sensitive skin. According to the author of the article, you and your docto rmay choose the following 2-week plan to treat the condition:

If the problem has improved, you may be able to use one cosmetic each week in the following order: lipstick, face powder, and powder blush. Test other products by applying one each night, for at least 5 nights, to a small section of skin and checking for reactions.

Use the following guidelines to choose safe cosmetics:

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