Sensitive skin is more common now than ever, but how do you know if you have sensitive skin? It can be hard to determine if you have sensitive skin because most people have had some skin sensitivity to something at some point in their lives. Sometimes, people can develop situational skin sensitivity, which can end when the event that caused the sensitivity is over. In this week’s post, we will go over everything you need to know about sensitive skin. 

 Sensitive Skin: The Basics -What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is more reactive than and easily irritated by diet, environment, weather, skincare products, and emotions. Someone with sensitive skin may develop a rash, hives, itchiness, burning sensations, and red skin. Any skin type can have some sensitivity at some time. 

One thing that seems to stand out in determining skin sensitivity is 

symptoms that persist and don’t seem to get better or go away. 

Why do some people have sensitive skin, and what causes it?

One reason is that the skin barrier is thinner, and irritants can penetrate the skin more easily. Women are more prone to skin sensitivity, and aging skin is more prone to sensitivity because it thins over time. Genetics is another contributing factor to skin sensitivity. It’s essential to strengthen and nourish the barrier with hydrating products and the right ingredients so that the skin barrier becomes strong and it’s harder for irritants to penetrate the skin. 

Do I have sensitive skin?

The difference is how frequently you have symptoms of sensitive skin. If your skin becomes sensitive from a particular situation, like a reaction from a medication or chemical, and then goes away, it may be situational or could lean towards sensitivity. If symptoms persist or you have episodes that come and go frequently, you may have sensitive skin.

What are some signs that I have sensitive skin?

Redness: Some skin will have a pinkish or red tone. You may blush easily or get flushed in the face and neck area. 

Reactive Skin: Your skin reacts quickly to certain detergents; weather extremes, temperatures, and fragrances will make your skin react. The reaction could be in the form of hives, rashes, or even swelling. 

Dry and rashy skin: dry skin can become sensitive if you don’t use the correct products and take care of it. 

What are some things that can make your skin sensitive?

Harsh Ingredients: Using skincare ingredients that are too aggressive on your skin can damage the skin barrier. Too many strong skin peels, retinol with a high percentage, and over-exfoliating your skin can damage the skin barrier and make your skin sensitive.

Skin Conditions/Disorders:

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness, acne, small bumps, and visible blood vessels. Read my blog post about Rosacea down below:

Eczema is a skin condition that makes skin itchy and red, with rough patches and inflamed skin. 

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that results in red, dry, and scaly patches of skin. 

Contact Dermatitis is a skin rash caused by contact with a specific substance.

How should I take care of my sensitive skin?

Use products that are specifically for someone with sensitive skin

Don’t overwash or over-exfoliate sensitive skin because this can strip the skin of natural oils and create more sensitivity. 

Introduce new products into your skincare routine slowly. Make sure to do a patch test on a small area of your skin before you apply a new product to your entire face. 

Wait 2-3 weeks in between trying new products.

Keep a separate skin journal to write down when you start a product and if you have reacted.  

Make sure to use products without a lot of artificial ingredients. 

Avoid rubbing the skin too hard and using rough towels.

Protect your skin from environmental factors. Extreme dips in the temperature can be a trigger for some sensitive skin. Use sunscreen to protect your skin. 

Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers when looking for products. 

Skincare Recommendations from Glymed Plus:

Comfort Cream 

Essential Serum with Amino Acids 

Oil-Free Protective Moisturizer with SPF 

Gentle Gel Cleanser with Amino Acids

Skincare and Sensitive Skin

Using the right skincare products can make all the difference in sensitive skin. They can diminish sensitivity, calm skin, soothe skin, and tone down redness. Using the wrong skincare products can exacerbate acute skin symptoms and worsen things. Reach out to a skincare professional to help guide you. We offer compassionate care for all skin conditions and can help you develop a plan or routine that suits your needs. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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