There is a good deal of information and misinformation on Skin sensitivity arising from irritants in cosmetics.
It has crept over to skin sensitivity due to Essential Oils (example below) and I’m trying to set things a bit clear.
So lets take a minute to Understand how Skin Flareups & Skin Sensitivity varies, How to deal, and how much to trust “Skin Care Experts”
Skin Care Flareups
Probably all types of Skin is irritated by something, natural or chemical, product, food, clothing, work related. These are personal sensitivities and generally, not serious conditions. While many of us think we have Sensitive Skin, we are merely reacting to ingredients in Skin Care. These are Skin Care Flareups
Sensitive Skin is a different thing entirely. It actually has no definition. Dermatologists diagnose sensitive skin by looking at Skin reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion, Very dry skin which doesn’t properly protect nerve endings in the skin, A tendency toward blushing and skin flushing (From 20 questions on Sensitive Skin, webMD)
See Non-allergenic Eczema Soap , Savon de Marseilles and Natural, Organic Product Surestop to Eczema for Sensitive Skin
Managing Skin Care flareups, not Sensitive Skin:
- Use natural products with known ingredients,
- Use new products with care, check for sensitivity,
- Use anti-aging products with caution, lesser amounts and frequency. Read more on this on webMD
Be aware of these Skin Irritants if you are diagnosed with Sensitive Skin. (most men do have Sensitive Skin)
and a Slideshow on the non-dangers of irritants (which we don’t use)
There is a lot of Hype and scare-mongering on long-term and Serious Dangers, but very little is true as in the link above. There are a few people who truthfully have Sensitive skin issues, people with Eczema, contact dermatitis, but for the general population, most skincare ingredients don’t pose a danger.
Handmade skincare has the distinct advantage of being able to hand-pick safer ingredients, but the process, apart from the ingredients themselves, makes them exclusive & limited. Upcoming post on handmade skincare vs mass market.
On the Web, many call themselves Skin Care Experts, put together info, make it sound controversial and take part in scare mongering to push their agenda.
Always look at info on both sides, research it well, or find actual experts to check with.. I have an example.
(Now EWG & the Skin Deep Database takes the cake on this- they have ALL the controversial research and little research on Therapeutic value)
Its a very human tendency- Some people can only talk about damage, they don’t talk about what good is done to general users.
The other day, on what seemed like a well informed product site with a long list of skincare “advices”
I found under Common Irritating Ingredients to Avoid, a huge list of essential oils. It took a minute to realize that in the smaller text (that I missed) they were talking about essential oils in the first 10 ingredients- which means high concentrations. See here
In what they call “Skin Ingredient Dictionary”, several pages of natural, healing ingredients got a “Poor Rating” while sounding informed and knowledgeable about properties. (pictured Melissa)
So here, they highlight Ignorance by calling necessary & Therapeutic Herbals, researched over hundreds of years, as Irritants to avoid– Arnica, Melissa (!!?), etc in the Skin Ingredient Dictionary.
anyone who picks the first book on essential oils would read they are used at low concentrations of 1-3%, ( =which means they will, ALWAYS, be listed in last few ingredients, definitely not 1-10).
A false and unlikely scenario is created and essential oils are then made into villains.
So here are ‘Skin Experts’ trying to scare the general public by calling Essential oils and lots of natural Herbals as Irritants.
People do this all of the time, if they have an agenda and someone who is a little ignorant…
So.. hmmm, beware of “SkinCare Experts” who Fold a bit of Truth, project unlikely scenarios and make lies seem like truth and vice versa.
Do you have Sensitive Skin or Skincare Flareups? How do you deal with it?