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Sensitive skin comes in many different forms and guises. Whether it’s irritation from a long-standing skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, redness or dryness from environmental factors, or your acne-prone skin having a flare-up, it’s always wise to be armed with tips and tricks to soothe and calm your skin. Let’s look at some of the best practices and products for sensitive skin—buckle in for advice!
How to Recognize Sensitive Skin
Most of the time, it’s not difficult to recognize that your skin is sensitive. You may have always had sensitive skin, in which case you most likely have an inherently sensitive skin type. There are also many long-term skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and more, which unfortunately make your skin highly sensitive. Itching, scaliness, and extreme redness are common for these conditions, and if you have concerns about a long-term skin condition, you should seek professional medical advice. For others, myself included, we don’t necessarily have sensitive skin all the time, but our skin can become sensitized if we mistreat it or endure harsh environmental conditions. For example, I have admittedly overdone it on the exfoliants many times over the years, and my skin has become irritated, thin, and dry during those times. Anyone else?
There are several key signs and symptoms to look out for to recognize that your skin may need some extra care and attention:
- Flaking and peeling
- Stinging and/or burning sensation
- Non-hormonal breakouts
Some of these symptoms may be very subtle, which is why it’s a good idea to learn about and observe your skin so that you’re able to notice when changes or issues arise. If you never have redness and suddenly you have a whole red rash on your cheek, you can assume you’re dealing with some sensitivity! So, what should you do if your skin is suddenly sensitive?
Look at potential causes of your sensitized skin—have you tried a new product recently? Are you using a potentially irritating skin care formula? Have you changed something in your home, like detergent? Or have you been dealing with extreme weather conditions? The quicker you know the cause of your sensitivity, the quicker you can reduce it. Typically, I stop using certain products immediately when my skin feels sensitive. That includes exfoliating, heavily fragranced, and high alcohol content beauty products. Dialing back on any harsh ingredients and going gentle is the best first step to take. Stick with mild products you know and trust.