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Unfortunately, sensitive skin is a common concern for kids. Bug bites turn into allergic reactions, scratchy fabrics leave red marks for days, and harsh chemicals are a nightmare. Kiddos with fair skin seem especially prone to this, according to many pediatricians and dermatologists. If you know your child has super sensitive skin, try out my gentle, supportive tips below.
1.Warm Baths — By warm, I mean not hot. Frequent, hot baths can strip the skin of its naturally protective oils. Keep bath and shower temps warm but not hot and try to stick to 3-4 baths or showers per week. If a older child needs more frequent baths or showers, consider keeping them short and only using soap in strategic places. If you need a little extra “oomph”, you can use a sage or oat/barley bath short term to reduce symptoms. (Check out my post on herbal baths!)
2.Moisture — Dry skin is uncomfortable, often itchy, and more prone to further irritation. My favorite product to keep skin moisturized is either a Vitamin E oil or cream (I personally use this product: https://amzn.to/2KoSME4). Vitamin E is not only moisturizing, but some studies have linked it to wound healing, reduction of itchiness, improvement or eczema, improvement of psoriasis, and preventing sunburn. Always do a patch test before trying a new product because some people have allergic reactions to Vitamin E. Cocoa butter, Shea butter, and goat milk products are also great options, if Vitamin E isn’t a good fit. Beautycoutner offers safe, gentle, noncomedogemic moisturizers if breakouts are a concern.
3.Sun Safety — Sunburn can really irritate skin and is often worse for people with sensitive skin. However, a lot of sunscreens contain common allergens or irritants. Yikes! What’s a momma to do? Activewear and swimwear with built-in SPF are awesome. Use a mineral sunscreen when you do use sunscreen. Zinc is soothing to skin AND keeps it safe from harmful UV rays. Mineral sunscreens are also coral reef friendly. Make sure you select a product that is water resistant (here’s a great option that’ll keep you protected through sun, sand, and surf: https://amzn.to/31EjZZx), and remember that mineral sunscreen start working the second you put it on!
4.No Triggers — You may notice that certain things (foods, allergens, etc.) seem to cause flairs in your child’s skin symptoms. It may be a good idea at first to keep a log of symptoms and exposures so that you and your healthcare practitioner can work together to determine what may be trigggering your child’s skin issues. Once you determine your kiddos triggers, you can work to avoid them or anticipate them.
5.Clean Products — It’s usually a good idea to do a “patch test” before using any new skin care products. In general, it’s a good idea to read labels and avoid things likes fragrances, dyes, and additives. This same rule applies to laundry detergent. (Here’s another product that gets used at my house: https://amzn.to/2KDezqz) If you chose to use stronger chemicals at home, make sure that your kiddo can’t accidentally get into them.
6.Soft Fabrics — Scratchy fabrics or tags can really irritate sensitive skin. Buy clothing and bedding in soft, breathable fabric. (How fun are these precious sheets?! https://amzn.to/31wqT2N) You May also want to cut tags out of clothing.
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The views expressed in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition and should not be substituted for medical or nutritional advice.