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Everything You Need to Know About Sensitive Skin

Everything You Need to Know About Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive skin is not a disease but a common problem. This term refers to skin that is more likely to cause inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin can easily get strong reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in products that come into contact with the skin.

Conditions that happen due to sensitive skin are rarely serious. You can keep symptoms under control with a few changes to your skincare routine.

Symptoms of Sensitive Skin

The symptoms of sensitive skin include:

  • itch
  • scale or flake
  • peel
  • sunburn
  • dry skin
  • breakouts
  • feel rough to the touch
  • crack and bleed
  • appear red or ashy-looking

Causes of Sensitive Skin:

External and internal factors both can contribute to sensitive skin. The below may be the causes of sensitive skin:

  • Dry skin
  • Products which you use
  • Genetic
  • Inappropriate skincare routine
  • Environmental chemicals
  • Underlying conditions

Types of Sensitive Skin:

There are four main types of sensitive skin:

  • Naturally sensitive skin
  • Environmentally sensitive skin
  • Reactive skin
  • Thin skin

Tips for avoiding sensitive skin types

Since the degrees and causes of sensitive skin vary from person to person. A dermatologist can figure out your trigger. As a piece of general advice for those with sensitive skin, it would be wise to avoid using personal care products that contain fragrances and dyes. This rule also applies to the skin on your body. Using washing detergent that contains scent or dye can cause a reaction, so, it is recommended to choose detergents that are made specifically for sensitive skin.

These can be common irritants for skin-sensitive people to trigger, exfoliants like glycolic, salicylic acid, and retinoids, and creams with multiple ingredients. Isopropyl alcohol and chemical sunscreens.

Before using any cosmetic on sensitive skin, it is worth doing a test application first and assessing the area after 24 hours.

References:
1. Everything you need to know about sensitive skin by 
 Emily MacCulloch

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