The main reason your skin is so sensitive is that your epidermis is thin, and the nerves that respond to pain, temperature, and pressure are so close to the surface. Sensitive skin is therefore fraught with problems, and it requires the utmost care. Usually, the skin will be red, itchy, easily irritated, tingling and peeling. The more serious ones will have red blood streaks.
It is, therefore, necessary to do daily care and regular skin management. In this post, we’ll tell you more about sensitive skin with a thin epidermis and how to care for it.
What Are The Causes Of Thin Skin And Sensitivity?
Sensitive skin has to start with skin structure. As we all know, the skin has three layers. It’s divided into the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.
The root cause of skin sensitivity is that the barrier function of the skin is damaged. If the skin’s barrier function is damaged, it will show allergies and red blood on the face. The stratum corneum is the outermost part of the epidermis, mainly composed of cells without nuclei. It is composed of dead cells. When the cells fall off, the cells in the basal layer will form a new stratum corneum. The cells contain keratin, which helps reduce water evaporation and even absorbs water to keep the skin moisturized.
Skin sensitivity is mainly caused by injury, damages, skincare products, medications, or lifestyles that affect the epidermis, which is the outermost part of the skin. The above can cause the epidermis to be too thin. As a result, the capillaries in the dermis and below can be seen with the naked eye.
Some dangerous behaviors that cause skin sensitivity are frequent exfoliation, hormone products, excessive brushing, no sunscreen, etc.
Because the outer layer of the epidermis/stratum corneum is incomplete, the free nerves and nerve endings under the skin are stimulated by foreign things. This leads to the expansion of capillaries, redness, swelling, and tingling.
With proper care and regular skin management, this situation can be avoided. In mildly sensitive and thin skin, skin management can repair the skin and restore skin integrity faster.
If you delay, continue to exfoliate, and repeatedly stimulate the skin, it may aggravate skin sensitivity, and the repair cycle will be longer.
How Do You Know If You Have Thin And Sensitive Skin?
People with too thin stratum corneum can see the filiform red blood streaks on the face and cheeks.
The face is often red, and the skin is whiter than usual. There are apparent hair follicles on the cheeks. Usually, many think that it is because of enlarged pores.
But the stratum corneum is usually too thin, and there is a noticeable burning sensation when exposed to the sun.
After going indoors, the face will remain red and painful. This is probably a sunburn because people with thin stratum corneum are also prone to sunburn.
What Should People With Thin Stratum Corneum Pay Attention To?
If you have skin that is sensitive and/or has a thin outer layer, take note of the following:
1. Don’t Exfoliate
Thin stratum corneum and keratin damage are the leading causes of skin sensitivity and redness. Therefore, it is necessary to protect the stratum corneum from damage and minimize the frequency of washing your face.
After washing your face, use a dry towel to absorb the moisture on the surface. Please do not rub it hard. Stay away from scrub products, avoid exfoliating, and minimize makeup that will make the thin skin thinner.
Exfoliation is the removal of the dead cells of the skin’s upper layer. Your skin is thin already; with exfoliation, you’ll only get it to be lighter, worsening the problem.
2. Protect the Skin from External Aggression like the Sun
The stratum corneum of sensitive skin is thin and cannot defend itself against ultraviolet rays. Therefore, daily sunscreen should be adequate.
It is best not to apply a layer of sunscreen directly after applying basic skincare products. In addition, you should use umbrellas, sunglasses, and sunscreen clothes when you go out. You can’t just wear sunscreen!
3. Strengthen Hydration
The stratum corneum of sensitive skin is relatively thin, which cannot help the skin lock moisture well. Therefore, whether it is summer or winter, this type of skin usually feels dehydrated. Sensitive skin is typically dry skin and less frequently regarded as normal skin. So it is essential to strengthen hydration and moisturize daily.
In the cold winter, you must choose skincare products with excellent hydrating effects.
For those with medium and dry skin, it is best to use some creams or lotions with an excellent moisturizing effect in autumn and winter. This can bring a moisturizing effect to the skin.
4. Use Anti-Inflammatory Skincare Products
After washing your face, it is good to use skincare products with anti-inflammatory effects. These skincare products are very effective and can quickly help solve the problem.
Women with thin stratum corneum will be great without foundation. By using it, it is easy to attract external dust. Choosing a good-effect isolation cream can, however, help avoid allergies.
5. Control Oil Secretion
The stratum corneum is thinner, and the oil secreted by the face is gradually reduced. This causes the skin’s resistance to becoming weaker. For women with this type of skin, there is no need to cleanse the skin every time. In the cold and dry season, the oil secretion is deficient, and moisturizing becomes the primary task.
No matter what season you’re in, if you want to keep your skin moisturized, you should not use hot water to wash your face. Wash your face with warm water. Hot water has an intense irritation which can easily cause a severe burden on fragile skin.
Washing your face with warm water is suitable for cleaning. Meanwhile, cold water can clean your face, help shrink pores, and you would have to worry about irritating the skin pores. Don’t forget to apply a layer of barrier cream after cleaning.
6. Reduce Inappropriate Stimulation
Most cosmetics for healthy skin emphasize high efficiency, but they are high-risk for sensitive skin.
Therefore, if the stratum corneum is thin, choose products that are less irritating and mild.
Do not blindly pursue special skin effects and add extra burden to the skin. Once dryness, desquamation, or redness occurs, it is a phenomenon of allergies.
Don’t take irritating or allergenic food and stopping the current use of skincare products and cleaning products.
Choose mild and non-irritating facial cleansers. Wash your face with warm water. Frequent exfoliation will make the skin dry and damage the skin barrier function. Don’t over-control oil, which will damage the skin. Do not try thinning products that work quickly. They often contain hormones such as glucocorticoids.
You can take grape seed skincare products at regular intervals to effectively remove free radicals and improve skin tolerance. At the same time, it can repair the red blood streaks that have formed.
How Do You Restore The Skin’s Barrier?
After alleviation of early sensitive symptoms or thin skin, it can help cells to divide and proliferate rapidly, restore skin integrity, and enhance skin immunity.
Skin Tissue Regeneration
To repair the skin barrier, you can make a skin tissue regeneration base film. Add chamomile gel with the regeneration film; the ratio is 1:1. It is suitable for calming, acts as an anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, and stimulates skin cell regeneration. Combined with the red light of the LED phototherapy instrument, the regeneration and repair effect will make things better.
Regarding the introduction of regenerative nutrients, the ability to activate cells is managed by iontophoresis regeneration essence, which penetrates ionized small molecule amino acids into the bottom layer of the skin to activate cell activity and promote skin repair.
According to the skin’s sensitive state, the skin expert uses different regenerative nutrient introduction methods and management to repair and strengthen the skin’s immunity in a targeted manner.
Home Care with Skin Regeneration Products
You can use regeneration essence, stem cell cream + moisturizing cream, stem cell cream, crocodile cream, and sunscreen at home. Among them, stem cell cream is used with moisturizing cream and applied to the face. Please actively consult with your skincare professional for this.
If your skin is red, hot, tingling, dry itching, and/or has red blood streaks; soothing management should be done first to reduce skin sensitivity. If you need to understand the calming and soothing management of sensitive skin, you can write a private message or leave a message.
Sensitive and thin skin is due to the reduced ability to resist the outside world, inability to withstand external stimuli, and poor tolerance.
If necessary, you should only use warm and then cold water to wash your face.
Stay away from alcohol, essence, and preservatives, and avoid skincare products that contain whitening, acne, and anti-aging ingredients.
Not all products for sensitive skin are necessarily suitable for you. You must check the ingredients before using them. The correct skincare is that which can enhance the skin barrier.