Dry or Sensitive Skin

Causes of Dry or Sensitive Skin

  • Environmental Factors: Harsh weather conditions, low humidity, and exposure to extreme temperatures can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leading to dryness and sensitivity.

  • Skincare Products: Certain skincare products containing harsh chemicals or fragrances may irritate the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin types. Choosing gentle, fragrance-free formulations is key.

  • Age: As we age, the skin tends to produce less oil, making it more susceptible to dryness and sensitivity. The gradual decline in natural skin oils can compromise the skin's protective barrier.

  • Hot Showers and Bathing Habits: Prolonged exposure to hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to sensitivity. Opting for shorter, lukewarm showers can help mitigate this effect.

  • Underlying Skin Conditions: Conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis can contribute to dryness and sensitivity. Managing these conditions with the guidance of a dermatologist is crucial.

  • Diet and Hydration: Inadequate water intake and a lack of essential nutrients in the diet can impact skin health. Hydrating from within and consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can contribute to skin vitality.
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Effective Treatments for Dry or Sensitive Skin

  • Medical Grade Skincare: A comprehensive skincare routine that includes a personalised programme of actives and sunscreen can help repair your skin barrier. Dr Sarah can guide you to a wide variety of carefully curated skincare brands including Alumier, SkinBetter and Neostrata to get the best out of your skin.

  • Prescription Skincare: In cases of inflammatory skin conditions, prescribed creams can help alleviate inflammation and soothe the skin. Subject to consultation.