I've always had skin problems.
Even when I was a child, I would get a rash on my arms when I went out in the sun.
On and off through the years, I've had persistent problems of dermatitis, and very dry skin.
Yesterday, I had a blood test.
About an hour later, I took the dressing off my arm. This was the result:
This was after about an hour of having micropore (a very gentle dressing for sensitive skin) on my arm. I can't use stronger dressings like band-aids.
Now, about 30 hours after taking the dressing off, my arm looks like this.
It's a little hard to see (because I have trouble taking a photo of my own arm) but it's now developed a bit of bruising.
So, how do I look after sensitive skin?
I use a lot of sorbolene - a glycerine-based cream. I use it as a moisturiser, instead of soap, and as a cleanser/make-up remover. The only other skin care product I need is a maximum-protection sunscreen and a lip balm with sunscreen.
I protect my hands with gloves when I do virtually anything; cleaning, washing dishes, etc.
And I use a sensitive skin washing powder. For a couple of years, my dermatitis was so bad I could not even use that, and had to wash in pure soap powder only.