Is that truly “sensitive” skin you’re working with or is the skin just experiencing a reaction? Millions of Americans have what is termed “sensitive” skin, but the term, in relation to skin type, is actually commonly misunderstood, overused and even confused with other similarly related issues like rosacea.
Because it is easy to misdiagnose, understanding the key characteristics of sensitive skin and being able to differentiate between skin sensitivities and other issues is fundamental to creating an effective treatment plan to rebuild and strengthen the skin. With that in mind, let’s discuss a few of the attributes for sensitive skin.
Signs of Sensitive Skin
To a certain extent, all skin has a degree of sensitivity. This is because skin is a reactive mechanism that responds to various elements and disturbances inside and out. However, it is the level of reaction that will help you pinpoint whether a skin is truly sensitive or not.
To start, sensitive skin tends to be thinner and more prone to fragile capillaries. It also easily reddens or develops a rash in response to an outside influence. Keep in mind, all skin reacts to external factors such as pollution, sun, wind and smoking. However, sensitive skin will overreact to these elements. In my experience, most sensitive skin is typically reacting to inferior ingredients or formulations in topicals, such as those containing dyes, preservatives or perfumes.
Reactions in sensitive skin will often show up as a flushing of the skin, redness or rash. It is not a chronic or progressive issue like rosacea. Rather, it is a reaction that typically subsides once the offending element has been eliminated and inflammation has subsided.
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