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7 common questions about sensitive skin

 

Many of us can attest to our family and friends saying their skin is irritant and easily irritated.

Here are all the questions that you have but probably don’t ask about your skin condition.

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1. What is sensitive skin?

Many people say they have sensitive skin because skin care products, or household products that contact their skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, or tightness.

Or they say they have it because even though they have no visible effects after contact with a product, it always makes their skin feel uncomfortable.

 

2. How do I know if I have sensitive skin?

Have a dermatologist check your skin. That’s the best way to find out if you have sensitive skin or whether something else is causing your skin condition.

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3. What causes sensitive skin reactions?

Causes of sensitive skin reactions include:

Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis

Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions

Excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun and wind or excessive heat or cold

Genetic factors, age, gender, and race differences in skin sensitivity are less well-defined but still may play a role in causing skin reactions.

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4. Are there medical tests for sensitive skin?

Patch testing may identify signs of allergies that are causing or contributing to sensitive skin. Otherwise, it’s difficult for doctors to test for sensitive skin because so many factors can cause it.

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5. Should men be concerned about sensitive skin?

Yes. The look of healthy skin is just as important for men as it is for women.

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Black woman putting on face lotion

6. What types of cosmetics are less irritating to sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following:

Use cosmetics with a few preservatives and minimal risk of skin irritation.
Throw out old cosmetics; they can spoil or become contaminated.

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7. With an unfamiliar skin care product, how should I test for a sensitive skin reaction?

Before putting a new product on your skin, do the following:

For several days, apply a small amount behind an ear and leave it on overnight.

If your skin does not become irritated, follow the same procedure, this time applying the product on an area alongside an eye.

If you still don’t see irritation, the product should be safe for you to apply on any area of your face.

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