10 Signs To Know If You Have Sensitive Skin

Apr. 28, 2020
Sensitive skin is common, yet many do not know the common triggers of sensitive skin. Before you go out and find the proper sensitive skin products, there are a few things you should know. Also, many may think they have sensitive skin only to find out they’re having an allergic reaction or acne. 
How do you know if you genuinely have sensitive skin? Let’s go over the ten signs that tell you if you may have sensitive skin.
1. You Get Skin Reactions Easily 
A common way to tell if your skin is sensitive is when your skin develops symptoms to common skin triggers like soaps, detergents, perfumes, skincare products, and more. You should quickly notice that when you use any of these types of products, you immediately have some skin reactions like hives or a rash. Consult a dermatologist to help you decipher the best sensitive skin treatment. 
2. You Have Noticeably Red Skin
Those with sensitive skin will have red flushing of the skin or might have red bumps, a red rash, blushing, or dilated blood vessels. If you remove the irritant with a minor treatment like witch hazel, you will notice the redness go away. Though, if the redness persists and is stubborn, it’s best to seek sensitive skin treatments or laser treatments for permanent removal of redness.
3. You Get Itchy Skin
If you notice your skin often feels tight or itchy after using harsh products, then you have sensitive skin. Do be aware that hot water can only make these symptoms worse. Try not to exacerbate the itch by scratching. Talk to your doctor about the best ways to stop itchy skin and the best sensitive skin treatments. 
4. You Have Stinging and Burning
Stinging and burning of the skin is usually the result of cleansers or other skin products that have strong chemicals. Some skin products that trigger sensitive skin reactions are certain gels and anti-acne and anti-aging products with alcohol. The reactions are often temporary yet painful. The best sensitive skin treatment, in this case, is to be sure to rinse your skin quickly with cold water to remove the product.
5. You Often Have Dry Skin
Those with sensitive skin often have dry skin instead of oily skin because dry skin causes sensitivity as it isn’t as protective to the nerve endings in your skin. Excellent sensitive skin treatments for these problems are gentle moisturizers to help build a protective barrier.
6. You’re Prone to Rashes
If you have sensitive skin, you probably react with dry, flaky, red, or even bumpy rashes. Usually, this will happen when you’re exposed to a sensitive skin trigger, and it happens rather quickly. You may have an allergic reaction in this case and may need a unique prescription sensitive skin treatment from your doctor. 
7. You Breakout Easily
You may have sensitive skin if you’re prone to developing breakouts. They may appear to be acne and look like red bumps. Though, if you have sensitive skin, acne treatments may only make your breakout looking red bumps worse. It’s essential to consult with a doctor before you try a sensitive skin treatment or acne treatment as you may have a combination of acne and sensitive skin.
8. You Have Flakey, Peeling Skin
Those who suffer from sensitive skin often have dry skin, which tends to make the skin flakey and even create peeling in some cases. To the average eye, the flaking may look like dandruff. Try not to pick at it, as irritating it can leave you at risk for infection and scarring. Consult with your doctor for proper sensitive skin treatment.
9. You’re Prone to Sunburn
If you have sensitive skin, you may notice that your skin becomes irritated, red, and even peels after being out in the sun. No matter what skin type you are, you should always wear sunscreen, especially on the face, when outdoors. If you suspect that you have sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher.
10. You Have Sensitive Skin in Bad Weather
When it’s cold and windy, your skin may be extra sensitive to these weather conditions. Those with sensitive skin might even have rosacea, or flushing, agitated, and swollen blood vessels. Try to use soothing skin treatments containing calendula, azulene extract, and chamomile. 
How Do You Find the Proper Sensitive Skin Treatment?
Sensitive skin is not one size fits all. A great place to start is to find products with ingredients that help sensitive skin such as vitamin E, chamomile, or witch hazel. There are also skin products labeled for sensitive skin that you should look for. Next, consult your doctor or dermatologist for proper long-term care and treatment. 
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