Do You Have Sensitive Skin?

Do you get a rash under your rings, or when you wear jewelry that's not made of high-quality materials?

Do You Have Sensitive Skin?

Do You Have Sensitive Skin?

Do you avoid scented body lotion, bubble bath, or laundry detergent, knowing that it will almost certainly irritate your skin?Do you flush noticeably as a result of moderate exercise, or as a reaction to strong emotions?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might be a sensitive type. And if you've ever been diagnosed with acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis, or eczema, you are almost certainly a sensitive type.

A note to resistant types: If you've determined that you don't have sensitive skin, you're probably ready to stop reading and go count your blessings. Before you do, though, note that one challenge accompanies your good fortune: The same strong skin barrier that keeps your skin from becoming irritated can also keep out positive skin care ingredients. When it comes to anti-aging or hyperpigmentation treatments, for example, you will need to consider stronger products.

Not all sensitive skin is created equal, though. There are actually four subtypes:

  • Acne subtype: Symptoms include acne pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads
  • Rosacea subtype: Symptoms include flushing, redness, and a hot sensation
  • Stinging subtype: Symptoms include stinging and burning
  • Allergic subtype: Symptoms include redness, itching, and flaking

But all of these subtypes share one important concern: inflammation. In my next few entries, I'll consider the four types of sensitive skin individually, with a particular focus on soothing ingredients and professional treatments that can help fight the vicious cycle of inflammation.

Wishing you great skin!

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