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Intolerances and allergies
Intolerances and allergies

Sensitivity, intolerance, allergy ?
Sensitivity or intolerance ? a question of degree…. Many of you have sensitive skin, but in varying degrees. It is, however, important to make a difference between sensitive and sensitized (or allergic) skin.

Sensitive skin and intolerant skin

  •     Sensitive skin

    Fine, light, often a little dry, gets red easily.
    It itches, feels tight, gets hot…
    The sun is a known aggressor for the skin, specially light skin.
    Cold and wind are also difficult on light skin.
    Some dermo-cosmetic or therapeutic products are formulated using ill-suited ingredients:
    - Cleansers that include irritating surfactants
    - Acne treatments with a gentle peeling effect
    The skin doesn’t feel any relief, on the contrary, it is traumatized by these ill-suited products.

    Sometimes, your skin reacts excessively to the slightest aggression; it cannot stand anything and becomes intolerant. It itches, feels tight, gets red, scaly. In this case, it is time to choose products containing very few ingredients.

  •     Sensitized or allergic skin

    An allergy is caused by an immunological response (to an allergen).
    Obvious clinical symptoms can be observed on the skin: Red patches with small eczema bumps, strong itching, swelling and oozing along with more or less intense pruritus.
    If you experience allergic reactions, consult your physician without delay; Through allergy testing, he will look for and find the substance that causes your reaction.

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