How to Know if You Have Sensitive Skin
While people may hold the opinion that sensitive skin is merely easily irritable skin, other features characterise this skin condition. This can include sudden redness, itchiness, inflammation and undesirable break-outs.
Experts point out, that currently there is no universal checklist for a definitive “diagnosis” of a sensitive skin type. However, according to Dr Katz with Forefront Dermatology¹, there are several symptoms that, if experienced regularly, could be a sign that you might have sensitive skin.
Sensitive Skin Symptoms
1. Skin Reactions
The first sign that you might experience is high skin sensitivity due to the reactiveness of your skin. This means that your skin is highly responsive to any product that you might be using. This may not only include cosmetic, skin or hair care products, but also household products such as soaps, detergents, fragrances and perfumes. These may trigger your skin to react by becoming dry, red, or itchy.
Secondly, a common sensitive skin symptom is redness. This can appear in many different forms, such as rashes, red bumps, blushing or visibly dilated blood vessels. Generally, as soon you remove the agent of irritation, the redness should leave. If not, there are treatments that can rid your skin from unwanted bumps, rashes and otherwise inflammation.
3. Excessive Dryness
Excessive dryness is another sign you might be suffering from sensitive skin. Sensitive and dry skin often co-occur together. Furthermore, when not taken care of, dry skin with raised skin sensitivity can lead to acne breakouts, cracking and flaking. Cold, dry weather can also trigger this. Using a gentle moisturiser daily can prevent your skin from becoming overly dry and damaged.
4. Skin Rashes
If you frequently notice that your skin is prone to developing rashes quickly, it might be another sign that you’re dealing with sensitive skin. When exposed to an irritant, your skin might flare up, appear red, flaky, dry or develop a bumpy rash.
5. Frequent Breakouts
Another sign you might have sensitive skin is frequent breakouts. This can often look like acne with red bumps and pustules. Moreover, choosing the wrong acne products may only worsen the acne and the overall condition of your skin.
6. Recurring Sunburn
Recurring sunburns can also be a sign of raised skin sensitivity. However, regardless of your skin's sensitivity, it is important to wear SPF daily (preferably with SPF 30 or higher). This will ensure skin protection from UVA and UVB rays. Since some ingredients in sunscreens can cause allergic reactions, look for ones with the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.