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Sensitive skin has a lower resistance to irritants. If you’re prone to sensitive skin, you know that it can be unpredictable and challenging to identify exactly what is irritating your skin. While some people are predisposed to having sensitive skin, many external factors, including climate, UV exposure, hot water and harsh chemicals can make any skin more sensitive. Today 50–60% of the U.S. population reports having sensitive skin.
Fragrances are a frequent irritant to sensitive skin, which can be found in many skin and hair care products, as well as in detergents and soaps. Allergens are another class of skin irritants that can cause rashes for those who have allergic contact dermatitis.
CARE & TREATMENT
Establishing a good daily skincare regimen will help to minimize sensitive skin reactions. Wash skin with warm (not hot) water and use mild soap and fragrance-free cleansers. Avoid harsh, grainy scrubs and stiff, scratchy loofahs, which can also irritate your skin.
When choosing a moisturizer, look for one that’s formulated for sensitive skin and fragrance-free. Be wary of "botanical" ingredients, too; some essential oils can irritate sensitive skin. Heat and sun exposure can also be an irritant to sensitive skin, so always remember the sunscreen. And unless you’re using a line of products designed to work together, don't layer too many different products on your skin.
Good, daily skin care practices help keep skin soft, smooth and healthy-looking. Consult your doctor or dermatologist for guidance on any specific skincare concerns you may have.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Moisturizing, softing and smoothing dry skin
2. Improving the appearance of the skin
3. Achieving healthier-looking skin