Sensitive skin can be tricky to deal with as it isn’t a disease that a doctor can diagnose you with. It’s usually a symptom of another condition. You may not even know you have sensitive skin until you have a bad reaction to a cosmetic product, like soap, toner, or makeup.
While many people can have a skin reaction at some point or another to a product or ingredient, those with persistent issues are classified as having sensitive skin. Keep reading to check out these 6 signs & see if your skin needs some extra care.
1. Your Skin is Reactive
If you have sensitive skin, you probably notice that soaps, detergents, fragrances, perfumes, skincare products, and household products may cause your skin to react whether it may be itchiness, dryness or reddening. Also, exposure to cold, sun, and wind can trigger flares.
2. Your Notice Redness
Redness is a common sign of sensitive skin, whether the culprit is a genetic predisposition—like rosacea—or just a reaction to certain ingredients. This can take the form of a red rash, red bumps, blushing and flushing, or even red dilated blood vessels called telangiectasias. Usually, the redness will go away after removing the irritant or with minor treatment. But, sometimes the redness can persist, especially telangiectasias.
3. Your Skin Feels Itchy
Your sensitive skin may often feel itchy and tight, especially after cleansing with products that are too harsh. Using hot water can make it worse. You may especially notice itching when the air is cold and dry. Switch to a lukewarm temperature, and be sure to use a gentle cleanser, followed by a ceramide-packed moisturizer.
4. Your Skin is Dry
Dry skin and sensitive skin can go hand-in-hand. It can lead to acne breakouts and cracked skin. Dryness and irritation of the skin are also signs of eczema, a type of dermatitis characterized by a leaky skin barrier that doesn’t effectively trap moisture. Scaling and flaking develop the longer the dryness persists.
5. You’re Prone to Breakouts
Sensitive, dry skin may produce extra oils to try to compensate for the lack of contained moisture. If you have sensitive skin, you may develop breakouts that look like acne with red bumps and pustules. You might try an acne wash or cream to treat the breakouts only to find it makes things worse.
6. You Often Develop Rashes
Frequent rashes and tiny red bumps are telltale signs of sensitivity. This is especially true for products that are left on your skin, such as facial creams. You may develop a rash very quickly after contact. Rashes can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and stubborn. Be sure to vet any new products by performing a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area. Wait 24 hours to see if a rash develops before applying it to your entire face or body.
How to Care for Your Sensitive Skin?
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