HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SENSITIVE AND REACTIVE SKIN?

Your skin has a natural, protective barrier that ensures it stays healthy by locking moisture in and keeping out harmful irritants, such as harsh ingredients and allergens. If the moisture barrier is compromised, your skin is vulnerable and more likely to become sensitive and reactive to external irritants.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can appear anywhere on the face and body. While some people are predisposed to sensitive and reactive skin because of their genes or an existing skin condition, others are naturally affected by a weakened barrier that is vulnerable to external irritants such as pollution from car exhausts, harsh ingredients and changes in temperature. Anyone with sensitive skin may find its reactions unpredictable and difficult to manage.

How do you know if you have sensitive and reactive skin?

1. YOU CAN SEE RED PATCHES

If your skin is sensitive, you may be prone to rashes or red patches appearing. Skin may also look scaly or rough. This is because the cells in the outer layer of your skin have been compromised, leaving your skin vulnerable to moisture loss and irritants.

2. YOU FEEL A BURNING SENSATION

It’s likely that sensitive skin will feel itchy and tight. You may also feel it burning or stinging.

3. YOUR SKIN IS VERY DRY

Although it’s not always the case, many people who have very dry skin find that their skin can be more sensitive than those whose skin is less dry. This is because very dry skin is more susceptible to sensitivity triggers and more prone to reactions.

4. SOME FOODS MAKE YOU FLUSH

You may find that you to react to certain foods you eat, which may lead to your face becoming flushed. This can be a sign of skin sensitivity. Try limiting your intake of alcohol, spicy foods and coffee.

The best way to work out if your skin is sensitive and reactive is to consult a dermatologist, who will assess your skin in person. We recommend that you visit a dermatologist or pharmacist if you’re unsure or worried about any symptoms.


The causes of sensitive and reactive skin? >

Your skin can show that it’s lacking moisture in many different ways. You may notice it has become tight, rough, cracked, red and itchy. The severity of these signs will depend to what extent the moisture barrier has been compromised. 

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