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 can be thinner, making it 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.