my skin is SUPER DUPER sensitive...i have scratches on my legs and arms, and it's from scratching myself @ night and i don't even realize it. if anyone else has really sensitive skin, can you recommend something to help it? Thanks!
first and foremost: trim your nails really short. i scratch at night, too, and this is the only thing that keeps me from peeling myself like a potato.
avoid scented and perfumed products. that means you have to be careful when it comes to lotions. the expensive girly lotions can be the worst for you. personally, i prefer baby lotions because they are milder. same goes for soaps! fancy soaps can be just as irritating as the really cheap stuff, if not worse.
wear cotton. polyester and wool can be a total nightmare.
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Gumdrop Girl is right. You should definatley avoid perfumed products, and scratching will make it worse
To me it sounds like you have a mild case of Eczema. My mum has this, and it's nothing to be ashamed about, it sometimes causes her to break out when the weather gets bad too, bless her, and she's 38!
A good idea would be to invest in a good exfoliater to help your skin, but make sure it's not perfumed again! Also, I'd suggest looking for some pH balanced products, this might also help your skin. If you have an itchy face, and it's a bit red and sore, don't put make up on it, this will aggrevate it
A trip to the doctor would probably help too, to see if you might be allergic to something, you never know!
My skin can be pretty sensitive too, to the point where my hands chap so badly in the winter they crack open, but there are probably things you can do to help yourself. 1. Stop shaving when you don't have to, it dries out your legs. 2. Yeah, definitely avoid scented products. I use unscented Dove soap with pretty good results, and find that vegetable shortening (the stuff meant for cooking, sold in blocks) is the best stuff for moisturising. Unscented, no animal products, and highly effective. 3. Exfoliation can be good, but always moisturise afterwards. I used a mixture of creamed coconut (in the ethnic section, comes in little solid blocks) and sugar (gentle, effective, and cheap) mixed with a bit of water instead of the purchased goo. It's much kinder to skin. 4. And keep covered in the winter. Invest in good cotton or other thick tights if you wear skirts, thick gloves, and a scarf for your face and ears. And slicking something greay on your lips before you go out wouldn't hurt either. 5. And disregard any standard advice in teen magazines. These things are written for people with the exact opposite of your problem! Actually, maybe the simplest thing you could do would be to get a pair of thin cotton gloves from a drugstore (meant to keep lotion on your hands while you sleep), and use them for that purpose.
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I also have highly sensitive skin (blame it on the irish side of my family).
What I've been using for some time that I really like are unscented, organic body lotions with collodial oatmeal, which is a skin-soother that makes me less sensitive, seems to protect again irritants, and if I get a little blotchy, it clears it right up.
The one I like best is made by Nature's Gate, and I get it at my local health food store.
My skin is a bit sensitive too. I just get a lot of bruises instead of scratches. I do get a lot of razor burn though. For that, I suggest using shaving cream, and lots of it! And a sharp razor; not dull. For the bruises, it's just because I don't eat right. That may help you too, if you don't already. I guess it all depends on the person.
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I actually used to have the same problem...I still do sometimes. I've eczema since I was very young. What I've found helps the most is moisturizing to the extreme (I personally would recommend Cetaphil soaps and moisturizers, not heavy enough to bother even the most sensitive skin, and there is hardly anything in there that you're likely to be allergic to). Also, you might consider seeing a dermatologist. I saw one and she perscribed an allergy medicine to cut down on the histimine that makes me itch.
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