How To Identify Sensitive Skin

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By Dr. Flor Mayoral, MD

Sensitive skin can be difficult to manage and maintain, but have no fear – there are products and regimes that can help you take control of your skin, leaving you feeling confident and your skin looking healthy.

Many of my patients don’t even realize that most of their skin discomforts are a result of having sensitive skin. My philosophy as a dermatologist is to address my patients’ skin concerns by recommending effective products and regimes that fit seamlessly into their lifestyles. I‘m also an advocate of diligent maintenance to make healthy looking skin long-lasting.

I promise, it’s easier than it seems. I’ll show you how to identify signs of having a sensitive skin and follow up with easy skin care tips.

Signs of Sensitive Skin

Common signs of sensitive, reactive skin are redness, swelling, and scaling when irritated, but also sensations of stinging. Patients with rosacea and eczema are examples of people with naturally sensitive skin, but others can have it, too. Many people with sensitive skin are reluctant to try new products because they’ve had reactions to products in the past.  Don’t worry – more than 50 percent of the U.S. population reports having sensitive skin, so you’re not alone.

Precautions to Take with Sensitive Skin

People with sensitive skin should avoid harsh soaps and perfumes found in products such as cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens. Instead of adopting a whole new routine of products, I recommend adding only one at a time and waiting several days to see if your skin has a reaction before adding anything else. Because I have rosacea, I keep my skin care routine very simple and add additional products cautiously.

It also helps to avoid hot showers, and to use moisturizing products like Eucerin In-Shower Moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Formulated with pro-vitamin B5, this gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer locks in hydration after showering and soothes skin. While still in the shower, apply it to wet skin after cleansing, and then rinse off before stepping out of the shower for hydrated skin all day long.

Sensitive Skin Myths

Persistent myths abound when it comes to proper skin care. The most common skin myth that I hear from patients is they don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day, or that the higher a sunscreen’s SPF, the better the protection is. In reality, you should wear sunscreen every day, and especially if you have sensitive skin.

Even if you’re not actively sunbathing or spending time outdoors, you’re still exposed to UV radiation anytime you’re outside — for example, taking out the trash or walking to have lunch with friends.  What’s more important than the SPF number is your consistency in applying it – daily use is important.

How to Maintain Sensitive Skin

For sensitive skin, you want to be highly selective about the products and ingredients you use. Eucerin Daily Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion can provide quick moisturizing relief for sensitive skin and can be used as often as needed throughout the day. It’s a fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula that keeps skin hydrated for a full 24 hours. Because it’s free of fragrance, it’s a good choice for anyone with sensitive skin.

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