Skin Problems: Identifying the Triggers

Skin Problems: Identifying the Triggers

Discover the triggers that put a strain on the skin which in turn lead to skin problems.

People prone to sensitive skin may have a difficult time getting to the root of the problem causing their skin concerning which can become frustrating. Triggers that may inflame one person's skin may not have the same effect on someone else's, making it difficult to find a solution to the problem.

Even so, there are a few factors that are known to cause changes in the skin. If we know which factors to take note of it could help find elements that cause the most strain on the skin. Let's take a closer look:


Our skin acts as a barrier that expels substances no longer required by the body. Therefore, the types of food and beverages we consume have a great impact on how the skin behaves. Certain food types have become known to cause intolerances in the body such as dairy, eggs or nuts. Fermented foods contain a high degree of histamine that may trigger psoriasis or eczema. We recommend starting a food journal, jotting down all the meals consumed over the course of a day. In doing so, intolerances can be easily traced back to the type of food consumed.


Stress and fatigue weaken the body's defences which makes it easy for the body, i.e. skin to be attacked. The reason is that the hormones released by the body when it is experiencing stress decelerate the normal functions of the body. Therefore, ongoing stress can impair the protective barrier of the skin over time which causes sensitivity.


Hormonal fluctuations can influence the health of our skin. Many women experience a change in their skin around the time of their period. If this is the case, it is important to pay attention to the vitamin B6 supply. This may help to regulate hormonal disturbances.

There are several other factors that may cause hormonal imbalances. Fatigue and stress, health problems or contraceptives may also play a role. We recommended seeking medical advice if you are of the opinion that hormonal imbalance may be the factor to your skin problems.

Environmental influences

During winter the cold air paired with dry air in buildings or the intensive rays of the sun during summer can dehydrate the skin and lead to the skin being more susceptible to skin problems. Of course, also the pollution and daily dirt particles that accumulate on the surface of the skin can impair its functions because it absorbs the particles found in the air.

Adjusting our skincare routines to each individual season can help to reduce the impact of the negative influences. Furthermore, the skin should be cleansed at night to free it from any make-up residues and dirt.


Chemicals found in cosmetics, make-up or laundry detergents can cause skin irritations. The most effective precautionary measure is to take control of the types of ingredients being applied to the skin and the types of substances that come into contact with the skin. Become accustomed to reading the ingredients listings on the back of cosmetic products, the INCI's. This is the only way to know what substances are being applied to the skin.

The skin may experience irritation. Here it may be helpful to keep a skincare journal. Jot down which products are being used on a daily basis. It is easier to find a pattern or identify problematic substances in this way should irritation occur.